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Heather moorland at Rosedale by Chris CeaserHeather moorland at Rosedale by Chris Ceaser

The heather moorland of the North York Moors is internationally important for wildlife, and most of this area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation. 

The heather moorland of the North York Moors is internationally important for wildlife, and most of this area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation.

For the majority of the moorland it is important to continue the traditional management for sheep and grouse. Natural England can help fund beneficial moorland management and conservation projects through existing Environmental Stewardship agreements. 

It should be noted that 2013 was the last year for new Environmental Stewardship applications. Defra are developing a new agri-environment scheme to take the place of Environmental Stewardship. Existing Environmental Stewardship Agreements will run their course. Current Environmental Stewardship agreement holders, whose agreements are due to expire in 2014, before the new scheme is launched, are advised to speak to their Natural England Conservation Adviser in the first instance.

Useful link

Natural England - Environmental Stewardship Scheme

Contact

Rachel Pickering, Farm and Moorland Officer
T: 01439 772700
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