This is an archived website, available until June 2027. We hope it will inspire people to continue to care for and protect the South West Peak area and other landscapes. Although the South West Peak Landscape Partnership ended in June 2022, the area is within the Peak District National Park. Enquiries can be made to

The 5-year South West Peak Landscape Partnership, 2017-2022, was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Leah Kelly

Leah Kelly

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About Leah

Leah is a PhD student at the University of Sheffield and will be undertaking an applied research project assessing the different mechanisms causing upland wader population declines in the South West Peak. This work will feed into the Working for Waders project, providing information to help develop management plans for the South West Peak wader populations, primarily curlew, snipe, and lapwing.

Leah has a strong interest in conservation, having completed BSc Biology and MRes Biodiversity and Conservation degrees at the University of Leeds. In particular, she has developed a love of waders after studying lapwing in the Avon Valley with the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust, and curlew at the RSPB West Sedgemoor reserve in Somerset. In her spare time, Leah enjoys hiking and bird-watching (and being in the great outdoors in general), reading, baking, and swing dancing (very good for letting off steam after a stressful day!).

Projects worked on

working for waders

Working for Waders

Helping the recovery of wading birds through habitat management and monitoring.

Project runs

  • From: Jan 2017
  • To: Dec 2021

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