Green fields highlighted by sunrays through heavy clouds from Curbar Edge

White Peak Objectives

Meadow in the White Peak

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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