• We expect snare sites and stink pits to be at their highest levels of usage from January to May as grouse and pheasant chicks are raised. So please keep an eye out if you regularly visit the Sheffield moors. Please note it is illegal to remove or damage a snare as they are considered to be private property.
  • Snares and stink pits are legal in the UK as long as certain conditions are met (see DEFRA code of practice below), but if you believe a wildlife crime has been committed, call 101, the non-emergency number, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to give information anonymously. If you see what you believe to be a wildlife crime being committed, call 999.
  • Tell us if you see snares and stink pits adjacent to, or even, on our Nature Reserves (NB we do not use snares. Other Trusts have found snares set on their land). Contact us by email and include a picture – ideally with GPS locator and date.
  • If you see a snare or snared animal, please take a photo and report it on the Snarewatch website as well as letting us know. This will help us to map the level of activity across the Sheffield moorland area.
  • Write to your MP. You can find their details on the Parliament website. Tell them why our Sheffield moorlands are special to you and what you would like them to do in response to the issues our moorlands and wildlife are facing. It would also be timely to let MPs know how you feel about the future of wildlife protection and agricultural subsidy post-Brexit. For example, we want to see stronger wildlife legislation after Brexit and an environmental land managers only subsidised for public services that benefit people and wildlife, not just because they own land. If you do write and receive a reply – let us know at takeaction@wildsheffield.com.

Visit Blacka Moor: Our Blacka Moor nature reserve is a great example of an upland habitat mosaic, including Cowsick bog, heather moorland and varied woodland – and is never managed by burning. Visit our Events page for details of activities at Blacka Moor.