Our work on the Longshaw Estate and Eastern Moors

A ranger helps a girl learn to tie knots at an event in the woods, with a friend in the background.

Take a look at how we're looking after the landscape at Longshaw, Burbage and the Eastern Moors. Watch a video to see the wildlife and habitats we're protecting.

Woodland work

Over the next five years our rangers will be managing a programme of woodland work at Longshaw; opening up some glades, felling many of the old scots pine plantation trees and planting native species.
 
More woodland edges and open parkland will mean better habitats for lots of insects and birds. A lot of work has already been done around Sheffield Plantation, and we're already seeing the benefit for wildlife. You can see birds such as kestrels and redstarts, and wildflowers more than ever before around where the plantation used to be.
 
Female kestrel
A female kestrel

Improvements to our visitor facilities

We've doubled the number of spaces in Woodcroft car park and created an all-weather surface with better drainage. There are now a number of accessible spaces and a coach parking bay for the Moorland Discovery Centre.

We're now working on the next part of our Visitor Experience Design project: building a ranger base, so the rangers can move their equipment and storage areas away from the visitor hub. We'll then reconfigure the visitor centre to expand the tea room and making it more accessible.

 

A snapshot of our work

Here's a quick round up of some of the jobs we get stuck in with:
 
A ranger shows visitors wildflowers

Working together

Located within the Peak District National Park, on the fringes of Sheffield, the Eastern Moors are managed by us and our partners RSPB.

 
In January 2011, after detailed negotiation, the Partnership signed the lease to manage the Moors on behalf of the Peak District National Park, with whom we retain a key relationship.
 
The Eastern Moors Partnership is part of a wider vision for the area under the Sheffield Moors Partnership (SMP). This enables joined up thinking between adjacent land management, benefiting wildlife and people on a greater scale.
 
Watch the video below for more information about the wildlife and habitats we're protecting at Longshaw: