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White Peak Targets

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The targets below relate to higher priority habitats in the White Peak National Character Area.  They have been derived in a variety of ways: summing planned contributions from major projects; evaluating the quantity of the resource which is in a degraded condition (from surveys); and an estimation of the potential which can be achieved through conservation agreements.

The targets will be shown on a spatial basis where possible. 
All targets are to 2020 unless otherwise stated.

Calaminarian Grasslands

  • Maintain the known extent (c.39 ha).
  • Maintain Favourable/Recovering condition on 95% of calaminarian grassland units within SSSIs, and move 50% from Recovering to Favourable condition.
  • Achieve favourable condition through management and restoration on 25 ha.

Inland Rock Outcrops and Scree Habitats

  • Maintain the known extent (c.250 ha).
  • Maintain Favourable/Recovering condition on 95% of Inland Rock Outcrops and Scree Habitats units within SSSIs, and move 50% from Recovering to Favourable condition.
  • Secure 50% of non-SSSI Inland Rock Outcrops and Scree Habitats into appropriate conservation agreements.
  • Initiate the creation of 130 ha of Inland Rock Outcrops and Scree Habitats on minerals sites.
  • Reduce the proportion of SSSI “at risk” to less than x% (% to be agreed with Natural England).

Limestone Heath

  • Maintain the known extent (c.216 ha).
  • Maintain Favourable/Recovering condition on 95% of Limestone Heath units within SSSIs, and move 50% from Recovering to Favourable condition.
  • Secure 50% of non-SSSI Limestone Heath into appropriate conservation agreements.
  • Initiate the restoration of 20 ha of Limestone Heath.

Lowland Calcareous Grassland

  • Maintain the known extent (c.1,018 ha).
  • Maintain Favourable/Recovering condition on 95% of Lowland Calcareous Grassland units within SSSIs, and move 50% from Recovering to Favourable condition.
  • Secure 90% of non-SSSI Lowland Calcareous Grassland into appropriate conservation agreements.
  • Initiate the restoration of 50 ha of Lowland Calcareous Grassland from species-rich grassland in priority areas, particularly to link or buffer other BAP quality Lowland Calcareous Grassland.
  • Initiate the creation of 100 ha of Lowland Calcareous Grassland on minerals sites.

Lowland Meadows (Unimproved Neutral Grassland)

  • Maintain the known extent.
  • Maintain Favourable/Recovering condition on 95% of Lowland Meadow units within SSSIs, and move 50% from Recovering to Favourable condition.
  • Secure 90% of non-SSSI Lowland Meadows into appropriate conservation agreements.
  • Initiate the restoration of 100 ha of Lowland Meadows from species-rich grassland in priority areas, particularly to link or buffer other BAP quality Lowland Meadow habitat.

Ponds (of high ecological value)

  • Maintain the known extent (c.244).
  • Achieve Favourable condition on 100% of ponds of high ecological value (maintain populations of BAP or Red Data Book species).
  • Initiate the restoration of 50 ponds in suitable locations to enhance meta-populations of great crested newts.
  • Initiate the creation of 50 ponds in suitable locations to enhance meta-populations of great crested newts.

Rivers and Streams

  • Maintain the known extent.
  • Maintain Favourable/Recovering condition on 95% of Rivers & Streams units within SSSIs, and move 50% from Recovering to Favourable condition.
  • Ensure 50% of non-SSSI Rivers & Streams meet appropriate Water Framework Directive standards by 2020.
  • Initiate the restoration of 4km of habitats on the River Dove.

Upland Mixed Ashwoods

  • Maintain the known extent (c.960 ha).
  • Maintain Favourable/Recovering condition on 95% of Upland Mixed Ashwood units within SSSIs, and move 50% from Recovering to Favourable condition.
  • Secure 75% of non-SSSI Upland Mixed Ashwoods into appropriate conservation agreements.
  • Initiate the restoration of 20 ha of Upland Mixed Ashwood.
  • Initiate the creation of 24 ha of Upland Mixed Ashwoods on minerals sites.

For the other habitats listed below, targets are to:

  • Maintain extent.
  • Achieve favourable condition where possible by securing into appropriate conservation agreements.
  • Seek to restore and expand the habitat in appropriate locations when opportunities arise.

Hedgerows
Limestone Pavement
Lowland Dry Acid Grassland
Lowland Fen
Lowland Mixed Deciduous Woodlands
Purple Moor-grass & Rush Pasture
Rush Pasture for Birds
Upland Oakwood
Wet Woodland
Wood-Pasture & Parkland

White Peak Habitat Map

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