Abbeystead Estate

Abbeystead is a sporting and conservation estate in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Lancashire.

The estate consists of heather moorland and upland hill farms that principally farm beef and sheep, producing dairy products. 

More than two thirds of the estate is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) which we carefully manage, striving to protect, enhance and restore its sensitive environmental habitats. 

More than 8,000 hectares of moorland is managed sustainablyhelping moorland birds and waders to flourish. The estate is home to some of the strongest populations in the UK of red listed species such as curlew, lapwing and redshank. 

Our on-going and decade long programme of peatland restoration has restored over 78% of bare peat identified in surveys, reducing the COemissions they emit annually by 60%. 

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