SPA description
(information as published 2001)

South Pennine Moors

image: SPA location map 

 

The South Pennine Moors SPA (including the proposed extension to encompass Eastern Peak District Moors SSSI) includes the major moorland blocks of the South Pennines from Ilkley in the north to Leek and Matlock in the south. It covers extensive tracts of semi-natural moorland habitats including upland heath and blanket mire. The site is of European importance for several upland breeding species, including birds of prey and waders. Both Merlin Falco columbarius and Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria spend some of their time feeding outside the SPA on adjacent areas of in-bye land. The northern end of the South Pennine Moors SPA is within 10 km of the North Pennine Moors SPA which supports a similar assemblage of upland breeding species.

 

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Qualifying species

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This site qualifies under Article 4.1 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following species listed on Annex I of the Directive:

 

During the breeding season;
 
Golden Plover Pluvialis apricaria, 752 pairs representing at least 3.3% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Count as at 1990)
 
Merlin Falco columbarius, 77 pairs representing at least 5.9% of the breeding population in Great Britain
Peregrine Falco peregrinus, 16 pairs representing at least 1.4% of the breeding population in Great Britain
Short-eared Owl Asio flammeus, 25 pairs representing at least 2.5% of the breeding population in Great Britain
 

This site also qualifies under Article 4.2 of the Directive (79/409/EEC) by supporting populations of European importance of the following migratory species:

 

During the breeding season;
 
Dunlin Calidris alpina schinzii, 140 pairs representing at least 1.3% of the breeding Baltic/UK/Ireland population

 


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