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Nature offers a window on global natural history, providing a unique insight into the natural world, the environment, and the magnificent creatures that inhabit it.
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Monday 15 May 2006
An English moorland
An English moorland.

An Uphill Struggle

In the first of a new series of Nature, Paul Evans takes to the hills to find out why so many of our upland wildlife habitats are not up to scratch, according to a report from English Nature.

The report highlights certain Sites of Special Scientific Interest which are below target level for their quality and usefulness to wildlife and upland heaths and bogs lead the list of sites which are failing.

To find out why, Paul visits the National Trust's Long Mynd in Shropshire and the North Pennine hills, both areas which are still rich in wildlife because of the unique way they have been managed over generations.

The Black Grouse with its spectacular lekking displays is an icon of the uplands because its needs for breeding and feeding are complex and require lots of different types of habitats in a mosaic.

With the help of the Game Conservancy's Phil Warren, Paul sees for himself a lek on a frosty morning and discovers why the North Pennines are the last English stronghold of the birds.

On the heather moors of the Long Mynd, the effects of intensive farming have been typical of those on many uplands; overgrazing caused by too many sheep which has killed the heather and reduced the moors to barren grassland.

However, The National Trust has reduced grazing on Long Mynd by actively managing the moors for their wildlife in a number of ingenious ways.
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