Eastern Moors

Deer on Blacka Moor photo by Tom AspinallDeer on Blacka Moor photo by Tom Aspinall

The Sheffield Moors collectively form the headwaters of the River Don.

They are an iconic landscape with internationally important habitats and species. They also provide a range of ecosystem services including floodwater storage; carbon capture; drinking water supply; wildlife conservation and recreation. 

The Sheffield Moors Partnership draws together various landowners with the aim of managing the landscape as a whole, for wildlife and for people across the 56km² moorland area. The partners include Sheffield City Council, National Trust, RSPB, Peak District National Park Authority, Natural England and Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust

Blacka Moor (Site of Special Scientific Interest) is 180ha mosaic of habitats including heathland, wooded cloughs, woodland, mire and old pastures. Cattle graze the moorland and pastures, helping to conserve and enhance these habitats and to attract a wide range of breeding birds.