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White Peak Objectives

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Broad objectives for the White Peak

  1. To maintain, restore and expand semi-natural grasslands
    • Address management of scrub and appropriate grazing of daleside grasslands through agri-environment scheme agreements, capital works and innovative approaches to scrub and grazing management
    • Quarry restoration, production of habitat creation/restoration guides with species mixes etc.
    • Calaminarian grassland management/enhancement/restoration
    • Enhancement of grasslands to ensure conservation of all different species groups through HLS, other voluntary and agri-environment scheme agreements and capital works
  2. To enhance wetland and riparian habitats and species
    • Pond restoration for great crested newt and other BAP pond species
    • Continuation and Expansion of Water for Wildlife and related projects
  3. To increase native limestone dales woodland and create linkages in appropriate places
    • Build on the work of the previous Ravine WoodLIFE project to secure long-term benefits to those woods
    • Limited woodland creation in strategic locations such as dale tops, where opportunities exist
    • Hedgerow management for BAP bird species
  4. To expand the area of limestone heathland
    • Land acquisition, influencing agri-environment schemes

Conservation priorities

  • To achieve a step change in scrub and grazing management of the dales to address progressive scrubbing-up of open and edge habitats
  • To work with landowners and managers to diversify species-poor grasslands into a network of more species-rich habitats, including calaminarian grasslands and hay meadows.
  • To restore and maintain a network of ponds for great crested newt and other BAP species.
  • Sensitive restoration of quarries and mineral workings for BAP habitats and species.
  • To continue and expand projects such as the Water for Wildlife project to enhance biodiversity in rivers, streams and wetland habitats.

Opportunities for additional conservation activity

  • Joined up management of sites/reserves owned by BAP partners.
  • Targeting of agri-environment schemes for species needs.
  • Land acquisition in areas where other mechanisms can’t deliver the desired results, particularly for ‘difficult’ habitats such as limestone heath.
  • Management and restoration of hedgerows to support BAP bird species.

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