Staffordshire Woods and Moors
Staffordshire Woods and Moors
From oak woodlands clinging to steep-sided valleys, to the open upland landscapes of the Peak District, the Staffordshire Woods and Moors is a rich tapestry of woodland, grassland and moorland which is home to a range of special wildlife.
The Churnet Valley woodlands provide homes for pied flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers, alongside argent and sable moths and small pearl-bordered fritillaries.
The upland habitats of the South West Peak are important for curlews, snipe and lapwings, which continue to breed in the uplands meadows and pastures. Sadly these have all declined as their habitats have fragmented.
We are part of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership and the South West Peak Landscape Partnership, both supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Alongside our partners we are working to protect these iconic landscapes for future generations, and make homes for wildlife bigger and better linked.
Explore the area
Find out what’s going on near this Futurescape, including places to visit, news and local events, plus how you can work or volunteer for us.
Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The RSPB reserve within this Futurescape are:
This is a delightful oak woodland to walk through - especially during the spring and early summer when lots of migrating birds arrive to breed. Birds you may see on the steep valley sides include flycatchers, redstarts and wood warblers. There are also a wide variety of butterflies to spot.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the Staffordshire Woods and Moors. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we're working with:
Saving special places
Victory for Harapan Rainforest
Beautiful Hutan Harapan forest is a precious remnant of the rainforest that once covered much of Sumatra (Photo: RSPB-images/Steve Roland) Hutan Harapan is one of the last remaining areas of dry lowland Sumatran forest and is among the most th...(r...Posted 12/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
Rila Mountains: The Final Piece in Bulgaria's Protected Area Network for Birds
Daniel Pullan, our International Casework Manager writes: I was thrilled last week when my Bulgarian colleague Irina Mateeva told me that the Bulgarian Government had designated the last part of the Rila Mountains as a Special Protection Area. This a...Posted 04/04/2019 by Heather Mitchell
A net gain for nature
How can built development leave the natural environment in a better shape than it was before? This is the question at the heart of Defra’s recent consultation on ‘biodiversity net gain’. We know from the State of Nature 2016 report ...(read more)Posted 01/03/2019 by Simon Marsh
What will the new NPPF mean for places, people and nature?
On Tuesday the Government published a new National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) for England. You can see our previous commentary on the draft version here , here and here . The NPPF sets out the Government’s planning policies for England...(read ...Posted 27/07/2018 by Steph