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Habitat Atlas - Heathland




  • BAP Broad habitat category Dwarf shrub heath

Total Area in County


Ecologically, heathland is split into upland heath or 'moorland' and lowland heath, the cut-off is approximately the 1,000ft contour. Both types are well represented in Staffordshire although there has been a serious decline in lowland heath over the last century.

  • Upland heath is concentrated in the north-east within the Peak District National Park and is an important area for a number of Staffordshire's rare species such as red grouse and short-eared owl.
  • Lowland heath remains as a significant area around Cannock Chase, with other important areas at Highgate Common (SO88) and Wetley Moor, east of Stoke (SJ94). There are approximately 50 other small remnants of the original Cank Forest which extended through Staffordshire from Sutton Park in Warwickshire (now Birmingham City). Staffordshire remains the core of the population of hybrid bilberry.


  1. This figure is based upon the SWT/SER habitat mapping which presently only covers 50% of the county so the figure is likely to be an under estimate, particularly for poor habitats, i.e. those not contained within Local Wildlife Sites

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