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Marsden Moor joins conservation partnership

Last modified: 12 November 2012

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The Dark Peak has some amazing places for nature and wildlife.

Image: Andy Hay

A major conservation project in the Peak District has welcomed Marsden Moor on board as a new partner.  

The estate owned and managed by the National Trust - situated at the most northerly tip of the Peak District - is the latest organisation to join the Dark Peak: Public and Private Lands Nature Improvement Area Partnership.

This conservation initiative was created to improve, expand and link up existing wildlife-rich areas within the Dark Peak, which is situated in the northern part of the Peak District and is characterised by moorland and grit stone edges.

The Dark Peak has some amazing places for nature and wildlife but has the potential to be even better. The Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area is made up of a range of organisations that are enhancing, restoring and creating important habitats for both people and wildlife, as well as improving public access to this awe-inspiring landscape.

At Marsden Moor the National Trust cares for over 5,500 acres of moorland, which is officially recognised as one of Europe’s most special places for wildlife.

Nabil Abbas, Countryside Manager for Marsden Moor Estate, said: "Joining the Nature Improvement Area provides us with a great opportunity to work alongside other organisations and individuals who are also working hard to restore the magnificent moorland in the Dark Peak area. 

“It will allow us to share skills and resources with a range of experts already working locally, which can only benefit our moorland restoration work. We will be able to tap into the great pool of expertise that exists in the Nature Improvement Area, and through our involvement we also hope to gain access to future initiatives and funding opportunities."

Ross Frazer, Project Manager for the Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area said: “It has always been the ambition of the Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area to extend its boundaries, and to welcome the Marsden Estate after such a short time is a real bonus. I welcome Nabil and the rest of his team and look forward to working with them in the future.”

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