Though much of our work is focused on blanket bog, we are also interested in the conservation of all upland habitats.
Some species need a mixture of habitat types to meet all their needs. For example twite, a declining species in the South Pennines, need heather moorland for nesting close to hay meadows where they gather the seeds they eat.
Another habitat type is clough woodland, areas of steep-sided woodland found on the edge of open moorland. Clough is a local term for a small valley.
Working to restore balance in the moorlands does not just mean restoring the blanket bogs. They are part of a larger ecosystem and in areas where habitats have been degraded there are a range of important habitats including wet heath, dry heath, blanket bog, and clough woodland, to consider.
Our clough woodland project helps to raise awareness of the benefits of these habitats and assists landowners and managers in the creation and development of them.
Clough woodlands are found in steep-sided ravines on the edge of open moorland. They provide shelter in an otherwise open landscape