This IBA marks the southernmost extent of a habitat typical of northern British uplands. It is cut by fast-flowing rivers and streams, and contains areas of wet in-bye land and reservoirs. Dwarf shrubs dominate the open moorland and mire habitats, with adjacent unenclosed pasture and grassland. The Eastern Moors block is included in the site.
First identified in 1989. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.
The IBA is important for breeding waders, raptors and other upland species. It is also nationally important for breeding Numenius arquata (450 pairs, 1991, 1%) and for summer breeding and non-breeding assemblages of Larus fuscus (2,760 birds, 1994, 6%).
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Peak District Moors. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 12/08/2020.