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Location United Kingdom, North West,Yorkshire and Humberside
Central coordinates 1o 52.04' West  53o 30.74' North
IBA criteria B1i, B3, C3, C6
Area 66,059 ha
Altitude 0 - 317m
Year of IBA assessment 2007

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds



Site description Several huge upland blocks comprising heather moorland and blanket peatland habitats, the IBA holds important numbers of upland species.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Falco peregrinus resident  1995  10 breeding pairs  good  C6  Not Recognised 
Merlin Falco columbarius resident  1991-1995  76 breeding pairs  good  C6  Least Concern 
Eurasian Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria resident  1991-1995  1,200 breeding pairs  good  B3, C6  Least Concern 
Dunlin Calidris alpina breeding  1991  70 breeding pairs  good  B1i, C3  Least Concern 
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus breeding  1991  80 breeding pairs  good  B3  Least Concern 

IBA Monitoring

2007 high not assessed low
unset
Good - based on reliable and complete / representative data

Agricultural expansion and intensification livestock farming and ranching (includes forest grazing) - small-holder grazing, ranching or farming happening now majority/most of area/population (50-90%) slow but significant deterioration high
Agricultural expansion and intensification wood and pulp plantations (includes afforestation) - agro-industry plantations likely in short term (within 4 years) small area/few individuals (<10%) moderate to rapid deterioration low
Human intrusions and disturbance recreational activities happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Invasive and other problematic species and genes problematic native species/diseases - unspecified species happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications dams & water management/use - abstraction of ground water (agricultural use) happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Natural system modifications fire & fire suppression - increase in fire frequency/intensity happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium
Natural system modifications other ecosystem modifications happening now small area/few individuals (<10%) slow but significant deterioration low
Pollution air-borne pollutants - type unknown/unrecorded happening now some of area/population (10-49%) slow but significant deterioration medium

Whole area of site (>90%) covered by appropriate conservation designation  A management plan exists but it is out of date or not comprehensive  Not assessed  low 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Dark Peak Site of Special Scientific Interest 31,824 protected area contained by site 31,821  
Eastern Peak District Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest 8,194 protected area contained by site 8,212  
Leek Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest 3,971 protected area contained by site 3,953  
Peak District National Park 143,800 protected area overlaps with site 44,973  
Peak District Moors (South Pennine Moors Phase 1) Birds Directive 45,270 protected area contained by site 45,270  
South Pennine Moors Site of Special Scientific Interest 20,944 protected area contained by site 20,936  
South Pennine Moors Phase 2 Birds Directive 20,936 protected area contained by site 20,936  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Broadleaved deciduous woodland; Mixed woodland  -
Shrubland Heathland  -
Wetlands (inland) Blanket bogs  -

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
agriculture -
tourism/recreation -

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Recommended citation  BirdLife International (2014) Important Bird Areas factsheet: South Pennine and Peak District Moors. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 25/12/2014

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