Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

Inland Rock Outcrops and Scree Habitats

Peak District millstones on hillside near Stanage

Inland Rock Outcrops and Scree Habitats (pdf full description) 

Approximate extent – 410 ha

Distribution – Across the Peak District

Opportunities and Threats

Extent – Stable.  Very low risk to extent.

Condition – Probably generally favourable.  Some risk of scrub encroachment on open screes, and some risk of potential disturbance to nesting birds through recreational activities.

Connectivity – Good.  Although the extent of the habitat is somewhat fragmented by its nature, most falls within large extents of semi-natural moorland and limestone dale habitat.

Climate change risk – Low.  Some risk of increased recreational pressure and shift in species composition.


Generally low risks to extent and quality of this habitat mean it is:

Medium priority to:

  • Maintain important areas of open scree, free of scrub encroachment.
  • Negotiate appropriate access arrangements for sites of importance for key nesting birds.

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