A magnificent moorland
Blacka Moor is the largest and most spectacular of our nature reserves. It contains 181 hectares of breathtaking scenery and forms part of a much larger internationally important wild landscape – the Eastern Peak District Moors – which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Unique features on Blacka Moor include the varieties of heather, the gradual transition from woodland to open moor and its population of bilberry bumblebees. Its diverse migrant bird population includes willow warblers, black caps, cuckoos, wheatears, stonechats and whinchats. The ease and regularity of seeing red deer on site – the UK’s largest and wonderfully majestic mammal – is also a major bonus.
To help the development of this rare heathland habitat, the Wildlife Trust has reintroduced cattle grazing on site. You can support this project by joining our ‘lookering’ programme. If you would like more information about the lookering project please contact us.
Please reporting anything unusual to us: if any of the animals are not looking healthy, or if there are any damaged fences or gates, email us at email@example.com or call 0114 263 4335.
- Please keep dogs on leads on the pastures as there are sheep present (as well as ground-nesting birds).
- Dogs should be kept under close control throughout the site, especially during bird breeding season (1st March to 31st July) so that ground-nesting bird chicks can have a chance to successfully fledge and thrive.
Volunteer Work Days
Practical volunteer days at Blacka Moor are held on the first Saturday (unless on a bank holiday when they will be run on the following weekend) and the third Thursday every month. Tasks vary from footpath improvements and access work, to habitat and vegetation management. All volunteer days start at 10am and finish at 3pm.
Gloves, tools, and refreshments are provided, but please wear suitable outdoor clothes and sturdy boots, and bring some lunch and drinking water if you’re able to join us for the whole day.
Meet at Stony Ridge Car Park, A625, S11 7TW
Visit our events page for more info about events at Blacka Moor and our other reserves.