Our uplands are internationally important habitats for wildlife.
Our Sheffield moors are internationally protected habitats that support important local wildlife.
Sadly they are under threat due to increasingly intensive moorland management for grouse shooting.
We want to see our moors become a fantastic mosaic of habitats supporting thriving populations of all the variety of wildlife that should live in these inspiring places.
This includes birds of prey such as hen harrier and peregrine as well as moorland species such as mountain hares.
What have we done and will do
- Continue to work with and support landowners and managers, organisations, groups or individuals who share our aim of wanting to see an improvement in Sheffield’s moors for people and wildlife. Our Chief Executive Liz Ballard is The Wildlife Trusts' representative on the Raptor Persecution Priority Delivery Group.
- Actively work with partners through our Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership to influence and promote sustainable moorlands for people and wildlife
- Continue to regularly update and raise awareness with the general public and our members about excessive and illegal wildlife persecution on our moors – providing factual information and examples wherever possible.
- Monitor the use of snares and stink pits across our moors, with a particular emphasis on land adjacent to our Nature Reserves. Where possible, directly contact landowners who are using stink pits and snares excessively and/or not in accordance with good practice to raise our concerns and seek a constructive discussion. Our current focus is on the Moscar Estate due to concerns about the intensive use of snares along our Nature Reserve at Wyming Brook.
Evidence and References
To see more about this issue, including evidence and downloads please visit our birds of prey campaign page.
Stink pits, snares, traps and shooting
The use of snares is currently legal in England. It is worth noting that the Scottish government has brought in the licensing of snares and is currently reviewing their use - see a debate on the issue from 15 June 2017.
The reason gamekeepers control foxes, stoats, weasels etc on the Sheffield moors is because these mammals are seen as a threat to intensively rearing large numbers of young pheasant and grouse chicks - critical to ensuring a good shooting season. Arguments are also made for ‘control of these predators’ because they will take young ground-nesting birds such as curlew and lapwing.