|Biosphere Reserve Information|
MOOR HOUSE-UPPER TEESDALE
Located on the northern Pennine hills in northern England, this biosphere reserve comprises two adjacent areas: Moor House with Calluneto-Eriophoetum-Sphagnum blanket bog, which is an uncommon European habitat, and Upper Teesdale which constitutes typical heather moors, blanket mires, and acidic grasslands. The area is internationally important because of its combination of Arctic, Alpine and Continental plant communities.
The two principal land uses are agriculture and estate management for game. Agriculture is mainly in the form of sheep and cattle grazing, with some production of hay meadow. A variety of management agreements encourage tenants to maintain traditional hay making practices. Other uses include small-scale forestry, water storage, quarrying of limestone and whinstone, barytes extraction and recreational activities.
Both Moor House and Upper Teesdale have long histories of research and monitoring, including botanical, ornithological, and meteorological activities. The area is also used by a range of schools and colleges as an outdoor classroom.
Proposals made in the periodic review for extending this reserve to meet the Seville criteria are being considered.
|Major ecosystem type||Temperate broadleaf forests or woodlands|
|Major habitats & land cover types||Blanket bog (with peat 2-3 m deep) with vegetation dominated by Eriophorum spp. (cotton grass), Calluna vulgaris (heather), and Sphagnum moss; montane heath; calcareous flushes; wet heath; acid grassland|
|Location||54°36' to 54°65'N; 02°45' to 03°12'W|
|Transition area(s) when given|
|Altitude (metres above sea level)||+305 to +850|
|Administrative authorities||English Nature|
Structure and function of bog ecosystems
Monitoring of biotic and abiotic environment
Dynamics of plant-animal relationships
Effects of natural and human influences on biota
Rehabilitation of species
Information at the Environmental Change Network (ECN)
|Abiotic||Abiotic factors, monitoring/methodologies.|
|Biodiversity||Biodiversity, ecosystem functioning/ecosystem structure, fauna, methodologies, plants, restoration/rehabilitation/redevelopment, wetlands.|
|Integrated monitoring||Impact and risk studies/Environmental impact.|
English Nature - Northumbria Team
Stocksfield Hall, Stocksfield
|Telephone||(44.1661) 84 55 00|
|Fax||(44.1661) 84 55 01|
Site Manager, Moor House-Upper Teesdale
Widdybank Farm, Langdon Beck - Forest in Teesdale
DL12 0HQ Barnard Castle - Co Durham
|Telephone||(44.1833) 62 23 74|
Administrative Contact, Land Management & Advisory Services
Natural England, Northminster House
PE1 1UA Peterborough
|Last updated: 13/03/2007|