Yorkshire Water moorland fringe sites

Moorland fringe sites make an important contribution to biodiversity because they form a buffer zone between open moorland and cultivated land. Many of these sites are grazing land and can be bare from overgrazing or covered with trees and shrubs if they have been neglected and under-grazed. Other sites are cloughs - steep sided valleys or ravines that are unsuitable for grazing.

What's been done

White Moss is a good example of rough grazing land that lies between peat moorland and pasture fields. It provides a home to the endangered twite (or Pennine finch), snipe and lapwing. We are working to reverse the effects of overgrazing, by reseeding to reduce the invasive grass species Molinia, and improving the sward with twite friendly seeds.

Ovenden is an example of a wooded clough that has been severely damaged by a moorland fire. We have planted over 1,000 trees here, which will help improve biodiversity, restoring a vital habitat for moorland fringe species. The trees will provide perches for birds including the goshawk and sparrowhawk, cover for grouse, and will be beneficial for common bird species such as blue tits, great tits and wrens that will make the most of the cover and feeding opportunities.

What’s happening next

We are carrying out a range of work depending on the needs of each site.

The work includes:

  • tree planting
  • replacing fences and walls
  • tackling invasive species such as Molinia and Rhododendron
  • establishing optimum grazing regimes
  • boundary maintenance to ensure animals are kept to grazing areas

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