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
- 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.