Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

South West Peak Objectives

South West Peak

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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