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South West Peak Objectives

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Broad objectives for the South West Peak

1. To maintain, enhance and restore moorland fringe habitats, particularly to support wading bird species such as lapwing, curlew and snipe

  • Integrated management of in-bye grasslands for fungi, invertebrates & birds, & connectivity to moorlands
  • Managing scrub on the moorland fringe to create feathered edges and transitional habitats between moorland and in-bye land
  • Targeted action for wader populations (especially lapwing, curlew, snipe)

2. To restore and expand upland heathland and blanket bog.

  • Restoration of degraded blanket bog to restore hydrological integrity and functionality.
  • Management plans and action on large estates.
  • Restoration of hilltop heaths – may require land acquisition as HLS funds are higher for grassland.

3. To enhance wetland and riparian habitats and species

  • Continuation and Expansion of Water for Wildlife Projects
  • Existing CSF priority catchments

4. To enhance and expand native broad-leaved woodland

  • Linking ancient and semi-natural valley woodlands to defragment and buffer existing semi-natural woodland
  • Management and expansion of ancient semi-natural woodlands
  • Restructuring of conifer plantations to increase broadleaf cover
  • Creation and restoration of clough woodlands
  • Woodland enhancement for key woodland bird species

Conservation priorities

  • To prevent further declines in wader populations, and to increase breeding success.
  • To link and enhance semi-natural valley woodlands.
  • Maintenance and enhancement of moorland habitats on large estates.
  • Integrated management of in-bye grasslands for birds, fungi and invertebrates.
  • To improve species diversity in rivers and streams.

Opportunities for additional conservation activity

  • Integrated management of large areas of publicly-owned land.
  • Restoration/expansion of upland heathland on the Cheshire hilltops.
  • Management of ancient woodlands and restructuring of conifer plantations to increase broadleaf cover, including clough woodlands.
  • Management and restoration of hedgerows to support BAP bird species.

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