Management of UK Upland Habitats

Given the threats to upland habitats, it is often necessary to undertake some form of management to improve or maintain their condition. There are a number of sources of information to guide such action, examples of which are outlined below.


Management guidance and best practice


The Upland Management Handbook

The upland management handbook covers a wide range of issues and provides a comprehensive guide to the management of upland habitats in England and other parts of the UK.


Best Practice for Heather and Grass Burning

Where upland habitats are managed by burning, it is important to observe the national codes and best practice guidance:


Scotland's Moorland Forum: Principles of Moorland Management

Produced by Scotland’s Moorland Forum the Principles of Moorland Management is aimed at encouraging the highest possible standards of management of the moorland areas of Scotland. Improved management is capable of providing enduring benefits for the landscape, for biodiversity, for the rural economy and for local communities.


JNCC Habitat Management Search Engine

JNCC has developed a customised search engine,  Habitat Management on the Web, which is designed to direct users to information about how to manage UK terrestrial and freshwater habitats for biodiversity conservation


Annex I Management Models

The European Commission has published Management Models for Annex I Habitats, including some upland examples. Each document includes information on the distribution, ecological requirements of the habitat, main trends and threats. Relevant management actions and prescriptions are described in detail. Main constraints, risks and modifiers of the proposed management have been also included. Finally, relevant parameters for cost estimates, cost estimate examples and potential sources of EU financing are illustrated.


Managing Upland Habitats for Invertebrates

The Buglife website provides summaries of habitat management advice for Blanket bog, Limestone pavements, Upland calcareous grassland and Upland heathland UK BAP priority habitats, which contain essential information to enable the practical conservation of invertebrate species associated with each habitat.