The largest continuous tract of open heather Calluna moorland in England and Wales, with long fingers of moor and heath extending down to farmland or abutting woodland edges. Boggy flushes and valley mires are dominated by Juncus. The area is managed for game interests. The IBA supports a variety of breeding upland species.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: North Yorkshire Moors. Downloaded from
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