We campaign for a better deal for nature and people locally and in the wider world, challenging potentially harmful developments and providing expert evidence to local authorities on issues like flood protection and street trees. We inspire people to take action for wildlife and wild places in their own lives.
Highlights from 2017-18
- We met with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, when he visited Sheffeld in September to discuss street trees with the local community. We managed to bring various parties together to help retain and only lightly prune the Chelsea Road elm tree, home to a colony of white-letter hairstreak butterﬂies.
- We attended Sheffeld City Council’s Economic and Environmental Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee for the second time and met with Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, to promote the benefts of natural ﬂood risk management.
- We secured the signatures of the majority of our local MPs for the Greener UK Pledge for the Environment to protect wildlife and nature post-Brexit.
- We co-hosted Hen Harrier Day in the summer and launched our ‘Our Moors’ campaign for an end to wildlife persecution and intensive moorland management practices.
- Over 40 people attended our badger night and we encouraged our members and the public to respond to numerous consultations, including the proposals to extend the badger cull to South Yorkshire.
Highlights from 2016-17
- In December 2017 we put forward 10 positive, practical steps that Sheffield City Council could take to improve the management of Sheffield’s street trees.
- We were invited to brief Sheffield City Council’s Economic and Environmental Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and to meet with Councillor Bryan Lodge on the issue of flood protection.
- Over 250 people gathered outside Sheffield Town Hall on a rainy day in March at our public demonstration against the proposal to build a major motorway service area on Smithy Wood.
- We are part of the national Greener UK coalition, fighting for nature post-Brexit.
- Through our Nature Counts project we engaged with over 2,200 people and mapped more than 360 hedgehog sightings.
In March 2018 we launched Our Moors – a campaign raising awareness about intensive moorland management practices and illegal wildlife persecution, explaining how people can report snares and wildlife crime, providing guidance about contacting MPs on the issue and linking to our petition calling for a ban on stink pits.