SPA description
(information as published 2001)

North Pennine Moors

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The North Pennine Moors SPA is situated in Cumbria, County Durham, Northumberland and North Yorkshire and includes parts of the moorland massif between the Tyne Gap (Hexham) and the Ribble-Aire corridor (Skipton). It encompasses extensive tracts of semi-natural moorland habitats. The site is of European importance for several upland breeding species, including birds of prey and waders. The southern end of the SPA is within 10 km of the South Pennine Moors SPA which supports a similar assemblage of upland breeding species. North Pennine Moors subsumes Moor House SPA, a site subject to separate classification.
 
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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, 1,400 pairs representing at least 6.2% of the breeding population in Great Britain
 
Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus, 11 pairs representing at least 2.2% of the breeding population in Great Britain (Estimated population)
 
Merlin Falco columbarius, 136 pairs representing at least 10.5% of the breeding population in Great Britain
Peregrine Falco peregrinus, 15 pairs representing at least 1.3% 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;
 
Curlew Numenius arquata, 3,930 pairs representing at least 3.3% of the breeding Europe - breeding population (1992/3/4 survey)
 
Dunlin Calidris alpina schinzii, 330 pairs representing at least 3.0% of the breeding Baltic/UK/Ireland population (Estimate based on 92-94 counts)

 


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