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%).
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Threats include overgrazing of many moorland areas, which has led to a loss of heather Calluna, the drainage and improvement of farmland that fringes areas of moorland, which has led to a decline in wader populations and other moorland-edge species, and acid deposition (`Other' threat, above). The Peak District BAP is being prepared, and the RSPB undertook surveys of the North Staffordshire moors in 1985, 1992 and 1997. There is a management plan for the area.
National High International HighIBA partly or wholly overlaps with the following national designated areas. National Park: Peak District. Sites of Special Scientific Interest: Dark Peak, Eastern Moors, Leek Moors. Overlaps with international designated areas: 37,092 ha of IBA is covered by Special Protection Area (South Pennine Moors (Phase 1), 37,092 ha).
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Peak District Moors. Downloaded from
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