From rubbish tip to nature reserve

Cllr Isobel Bowler
Cllr Isobel Bowler
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A former waste tip in Sheffield is in the process of being transformed into a nature reserve to help protect rare wildlife.

Linleybank Meadow, formerly Beighton Tip, is being managed as part of a High Level Stewardship scheme administered by Natural England and will be closely monitored for 10 years.

A two-year programme of work has been agreed which will see improvements made to the site, including habitats and access.

Linleybank Meadow covers 21 hectares and has eight nesting pairs of skylarks there, which are an endangered species.

Seven areas of the meadow have been fenced off and made suitable for grazing by Highland Cattle.

Coun Isobel Bowler, Sheffield Council cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “By entering into Higher Level Stewardship schemes we are able to manage the land in an environmentally-sustainable way, whilst targeting and improving habitats in decline elsewhere in the country.

“Money from the scheme is used to subsidise work on some of Sheffield’s more natural green and open spaces, and preserve habitats for generations to come.”

The site will be open to the public along a network of paths.