An upland area rich in habitat-types, including extensive areas of moorland, associated grassland and blanket bog. Areas of limestone plateau support herb-rich calcareous grassland. The heather Calluna-dominated heath is managed for game interests.
First identified in 1989 as Abbotside, Askrigg and Mallerstang Commons; renamed in 1992 as Yorkshire Dale Moorlands. Descriptive text and bird data refer to the 2000 Inventory.
The IBA is important for a range of breeding upland species.
BirdLife International (2020) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Yorkshire Dale Moorlands. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/12/2020.