Clegg backs city moors conservation scheme

Plans: Nick Clegg and Sheffield Moors Partnership's Tony Favell, Simon Pryor and Christopher Pennell.
Plans: Nick Clegg and Sheffield Moors Partnership's Tony Favell, Simon Pryor and Christopher Pennell.
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DEPUTY Prime Minister and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg donned his walking boots and waterproofs to support a new conservation project in the Peak District National Park.

Representatives from the Sheffield Moors Partnership took the Sheffield Hallam MP to Hathersage Moor, where they shared their plans for a new conservation initiative - to improve moorland the size of 8,000 football pitches on the west of the city.

The area is made up of moorland, meadows, bogs and woodland and is home to rare breeding birds such as merlins and golden plovers.

It also boasts one of only two red deer herds in the Peak District National Park and its only colony of adders.

The Sheffield Moors Partnership has been formed to develop and enhance the landscape for the benefit of wildlife and local users.

The partnership is made up of Sheffield Council, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Peak District National Park Authority, National Trust, the RSPB, and Natural England.

Rita Whitcomb, Sheffield Moors project officer, said: “These moors are amazing places for nature and wildlife but they have the potential to be even better. This project aims to expand, enhance and link up these special places for local wildlife and people.”

Mr Clegg said: “I am delighted to support the conservation at Sheffield’s Moors in my constituency.

“Not only will it help preserve rare wildlife and habitats, it should help improve access so we can all enjoy this beauty spot even more.”