Allendale Moors SSSI - 53 (053)
Staff member responsible: CLAIRE FURNESS
Unit Id: 1020258
Unit area (ha): 207.6672
Unit Status: Live Gridref: NY 776 483
Main habitat: ACID GRASSLAND - Upland
Condition and Comments (click for history): Favourable Assessed by: FURNESS, (CLAIRE)
Last assessed: 03/06/2009 Last assessment field visit: 03/06/2009
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Date of last site check: Last CSM assessment: 03/06/2009
Estimated year unit will go Favourable: Confidence in estimate:
Comment: This unit supports a mosaic of habitat, see the assessment made by S.Headley in 2002. The criterion feature for this unit is breeding birds and the primary interest is black grouse, as this unit and the adjacent land, supports an important network of lek sites. Data on the black grouse numbers and habitat recommendations have been obtained from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). This details a baseline figure of 14 males recorded in the unit in 1998, 8 in 2002 and 13 in 2006. In addition to this data, a North Pennines SPA survey was undertaken in 2006/07 and this recorded the number of breeding waders within this unit, 2 curlew, 1 oystercatcher, 1 lapwing. This information will form the baseline figure, which is 3 for the unit. The previous bird data provided by S.Headley (2 curlew, 4 snipe, 7 lapwing and 4 black grouse) was in July 2002, however it was not part of a comprehensive bird survey and therefore it has not been used to establish the baseline figure. Grazing reductions have occurred on the land adjacent and this has been beneficial for the black grouse leks around the margins of Broad Meadows. The key objectives for managing this unit for the breeding birds, particularly black grouse, is to ensure the continued enhancement of the habitat on Wellhope Moor, maintain the extensive rough grazing on the allotments and continue with the late cut of the meadows at New House. The Eastern part of the unit, around New House is in an ESA agreement and the remainder of the unit is not in an agri-environment scheme. If this unit does enter into an Environmental Stewardship Scheme, consider the potential for establishing new native woodland along Wellhope Burn. The unit is considered to be in favourable condition, as the black grouse results show broad stability at the lek in this unit and it also continues to support a range of breeding birds in general.
Number of adverse condition reasons: 0
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