The uplands and moorlands of England are home to half of the UK's sites of scientific interest and a huge 74% of national parks in England are classed as a moorland or upland. This ancient landscape has hundreds, if not thousands of species of plants, one of the best-known being heather of which England's moors hold 70% of the worlds heather. The uplands also hold large amounts of carbon, in recent years huge projects to restore the health of moors have been under way to help the planet become greener and increase the carbon capture of these areas.
An annual survey of bird numbers in the uplands is in its seventh year. Nature Rangers and Young Rangers from Durham Wildlife Trust joined an expert land manger to conduct the count and report on the health of birdlife in the Weardale uplands.
To be able to know what to improve to assure efforts are targetted and both time and money is well spent, and to be able to demonstrate improvement, it all starts with collecting as much information (data) as may be available.
It is not just hot weather that is increasing the risk of fire in the uplands. That dry spells seem to be longer, and hotter than previously is added to the increased prevalence of deliberate fire starting. Carelessness, and thoughtlessness doesn't help.
A new County Durham Wildfire Group held its first formal meeting in Bishop Auckland, end of February 2023..