• Rob Lawson

The Natural Delights of the North Pennines AONB

The North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is one of the most diverse and unspoilt areas in England. From the high, open moorlands of Alston Moor to the rocky escarpments of Teesdale, the North Pennines is a landscape that has inspired artists and poets for centuries. This blog post will focus on some of the sites of special scientific interest (SSSIs) in the North Pennines AONB, and their importance for wildlife, plants and fauna.

The North Pennines AONB is home to a wide variety of plants and animals, many of which are rare or endangered. One of the most important habitats in the North Pennines is moorland, which supports a large number of specialist species. The open expanses of heather and bilberry provide a valuable refuge for wildlife, and the moorlands of Alston Moor are designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to their importance for rare plants and animals.


The Mountain Ringlet Butterfly

Other important habitats in the North Pennines include woodland, rivers and streams, and limestone pavements. The North Pennines is home to many species that are found nowhere else in England, including the mountain ringlet butterfly and the North Pennine caddis fly. The North Pennines AONB is also designated as a European Special Area of Conservation (SAC), due to its importance for wildlife.


If you're looking for a chance to see some of England's most beautiful countryside, and to see some of its rarest plants and animals, then the North Pennines AONB is the place for you. With its diverse landscape and wealth of wildlife, the North Pennines is a must-see destination for anyone interested in nature. So why not visit the North Pennines AONB and discover its natural delights for yourself?


Salvin House Alston lies at the heart of the North Pennines AONB in the historic Georgian town of Alston.

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