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Derbyshire Wildlife Trust White Peak HLS

Peak District millstones on hillside near Stanage

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust White Peak HLS

What Is The Project?

Grassland and woodland management in Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserves within the White Peak.

Where Is It?

Chee Dale, Deep Dale, Cramside wood, Millers Dale, Priestcliffe Lees, Hartington

What Is The Purpose?

To support and improve the management of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust White Peak Nature Reserves.

What Habitats Will Benefit?

The following habitats will be enhanced: Limestone Dales, Calcareous Grassland, Calaminarian Grassland, Ash Woodland, Hay Meadows

What Species Will Benefit?

Clearance of encroaching scrub on limestone grassland will help various invertebrates, including butterflies such as the Brown Argus, the Dingy and Grizzled Skippers.

What Has Already Been Achieved?

  • 40 m dry stone wall rebuilt at Hartington in 2010.
  • 650 m fencing installed at Chee Dale enabling the Wildlife Trust to introduce sheep grazing.
  • 7.5 hectares of grassland cleared of scrub at Priestcliffe Lees in March 2010.
  • 18 hectares of grassland cleared of scrub at Hartington, Priestcliffe Lees and Chee Dale in March 2011.

What Is Planned?

  • 60 m dry stone wall will be rebuilt during 2012.
  • 22 hectares of  grassland will be cleared of scrub at Millers Dale, Deep Dale and Priestcliffe Lees.
  • Grazing will be maintained at adequate levels on all grassland.
  • Hope to remove sycamore seedlings and small saplings from all semi natural woodland on the nature reserves.

Who Is Involved?

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust with funding through Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship scheme.

How Can I Find Out More?

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust website

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