cottongrass

A special natural habitat

Natural England describes the South Pennines as: “a landscape of large-scale sweeping moorlands, pastures enclosed by drystone walls, and gritstone settlements contained within narrow valleys.”

Although the South Pennines is not a designated AONB or National Park, it is an important landscape. Marsden Moor is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of an international Special Protection Area.

The South Pennines is home to many species, some of them rare. Look out for…
Birds: curlew, dipper, dunlin, golden plover, kestrel, lapwing, meadow pipit, merlin, red grouse, ring ouzel, skylark, snipe and of course our very own twite.

Mammals: fox, hare, rabbit, shrew, vole, stoat, weasel.

Plants: bilberry (great in a pie), bog asphodel, cloudberry, cotton grass, crowberry, deer grass, heath bedstraw, mat grass, sheep’s sorrel, sundew (digests insects), tormentil, wavyhair grass.