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SURVEY OF PEAK DISTRICT BIRDS TO TAKE FLIGHT

21st March 2018

The Moorland Association is delighted to be playing its part in the new Moors for the Future Partnership breeding bird survey taking place this summer across moors in the Peak District National Park. This will be the first time in 14 years that a survey of this nature will be carried out and it is long over-due.

Natural England, together with affiliated organisations of Moors for the Future, will be working in collaboration with land owners and managers of the Peak District area, including the Peak District Moorland Group, to find out how factors including land use and management practices, as well as different habitat types on the moors, can influence bird populations.

Long-term data will also be collated to determine how moorland birds are affected by climate change, including adapting to changing weather.

The results should be very interesting as much collaborative work has been done since the last survey results to help land managers implement best practice to conserve and protect the area, which has allowed the moorlands to become bright and colourful once again, supporting native plant growth, including sphagnum moss and improving carbon capture amongst many other benefits.

For more information on the survey, read the full Moors for the Future Partnership press release here.

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Did You Know?

75% of of the world’s remaining heather moorland is found in Britain – but this area declined alarmingly over the latter part of the last century. The Moorland Association was set up in 1986 to coordinate the efforts of moorland owners and managers to halt this loss, particularly in England and Wales.

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