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RSPB launch major new blanket bog restoration project at Dove Stone

Golden Plover – Summer Plumage on the moorland

The RSPB has launched a major new blanket bog restoration project at Dove Stone in Saddleworth after securing a grant of more than £228,000 from landfill tax charity WREN.

Blanket bog is a globally scarce habitat, which plays an important role in storing carbon, improving water quality and giving wildlife a home.

The upland areas of the Peak District used to boast thriving blanket bogs but a combination of industrial pollution, […]

Saddleworth Moor benefits as world-leading moorland partnership receives €16 million funding

Part of Saddleworth moor after conservation works to protect bare peat

The Moors for the Future Partnership, which works to protect priority international habitats in the Peak District and South Pennines, has received 16 million euros to deliver the MoorLIFE 2020 project.

This includes €12 million from the EU’s LIFE fund – which supports environmental, nature conservation and climate action projects throughout Europe – the largest award ever given to a UK-based project.

The Partnership, hosted by the Peak […]

Firefighters tackle large moorland fire above Uppermill

The fire above Uppermill

Reporter: Stuart Littleford

Firefighters are tackling a large moorland fire above Uppermill and Greenfield this afternoon.

The fire started at around 2.00pm and quickly spread across dry moorland from Greenfield towards Uppermill.

Twenty-five firefighters and five appliances are currently at the scene along with an incident command unit. They are being assisted by Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, the RSPB and the National Trust.

Incident Command Officer, Paul Whittaker, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service […]

Time to get creative and build a home for birds this half-term at Dove Stone

Help to give nature a home this February half-term and join the RSPB at Dove Stone for a special event to mark National Nest Box Week.

On Sunday 22 February, the team at Dove Stone will be joining forces with local ‘abirdabode’ project artists, Richard Dawson and Jacqui Symons, to run a nest box making session with a difference. ‘Abirdabode’ is a combination of an art and environmental project and over the past eight months, Richard and Jacqui have been […]

Show your pedal power at Dove Stone

Bird cycle sculpture – Photo: Sean Hallsworth

To get into the Tour de France spirit, the RSPB, in partnership with artist Richard Dawson, is encouraging families to show their pedal power at a special event on Sunday 29 June.

However, this doesn’t necessarily mean riding a bike as Pedal Powered Dove Stone is an event with a difference.

Alongside various activities for all ages, the main attraction will be the exhibition of two fantastic Kinetic Art Bike Sculptures, created […]

Bog restoration helps to create homes for all nature

Dunlin – photo Tim Melling

It’s a time of celebration at Dove Stone as surveys reveal fantastic results for rare moorland birds and endangered wildlife – thanks to blanket bog restoration work.

Positive results for birds, such as golden plover and dunlin, and other wildlife like the water vole have been recorded in surveys, funded by Grantscapes (part of the landfill tax credit scheme), and carried out by the RSPB at Dove Stone.

Fourteen square kilometres were surveyed above […]

Moorland restoration cleared for take off

Helicopter at Dove Stone – Jon Bird

Seven hundred tonnes of crushed stone are being helicoptered over to the moors above Greenfield to help restore damaged peatland.

The project is the brainchild of water company United Utilities and nature conservation charity the RSPB, who are blocking up gullies – channels formed by water – in two upland areas of blanket bog at Dove Stone. It is a complicated operation that involves manoeuvring the helicopter above the gulley and dropping […]

The art of giving nature a home at Dove Stone

Dancers from Born and Bred Dance Theatre in Greenfield perform a piece of landscape-based dance choreographed by Olivia Burgess – photo Victoria Lowe

The dramatic and ever-changing landscape of Dove Stone has inspired artists for years – and now visitors are encouraged to use art to discover a different side to this popular beauty spot.

Families learn about trees and enjoy leaf printing with Mossley artist Jacqui Symons – photo Victoria Lowe

Dig out your passport and discover wildlife closer to home

The holiday season may be here, but this month, children can have a great day out and get their passports stamped far closer to home at RSPB Dove Stone.

In a bid to encourage children to enjoy wildlife and discover how to give nature a home, RSPB staff at Dove Stone have teamed up with The Children’s University Trust to offer a variety of exciting activities, including quiz trails, wildflower planting and bug hunting.

Children who have received special passports […]

Dovestones litter problem is ‘disgusting’ say residents

Litter strewn over the road at Dovestones – photo Graham Snell

Visitors to Dovestones Reservoir in Greenfield are being urged to remove their rubbish properly after an increase in littering at the popular beauty spot.

Saddleworth News has been sent photographs from concerned readers wanting action taking over the issue.

One reader, Graham Snell, said: “The pile of rubbish I saw was about 100-150m from car park so the obvious solution was for people to take the rubbish back […]

Making space for nature in the Dark Peak

Ross Frazer.

A major new conservation partnership project in the Peak District has appointed a countryside landscape professional to help make more space for wildlife and people in the Dark Peak.

Ross Frazer has been recruited to manage the Dark Peak: Public and Private Lands Nature Improvement Area Partnership (Dark Peak NIA), a three-year landscape-scale conservation initiative, which aims to improve, expand and link up existing wildlife-rich areas within the Dark Peak.

The Dark Peak NIA is one of […]

Police And Councillors To Meet Public On Uppermill Barge

Boats on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal at Uppermill.

Saddleworth residents will get the chance to talk to the local police, councillors and others on board a barge in Uppermill.

The novel event will take place on Thursday 13 October between 12 noon and 3pm on the Pennine Moonraker, which will be moored up next to the museum.

It’s the latest in the regular series of Partners and Community Together meetings, otherwise known as PACTs. Following poor attendance levels at […]

Part Of Dove Stone Path To Close

Dove Stone Reservoir, pictured earlier this week.

A section of the perimeter footpath around Dove Stone Reservoir will close for up to six weeks on Monday, so engineers can lay a new water main.

The affected part of the path is on the north side of the reservoir, between Dove Stone and the nearby Yeoman Hey Reservoir. Walkers will be able to take alternative routes, although these won’t be suitable for wheelchairs […]

Saddleworth Hopper Bus To Dove Stone Back In Service

The Saddleworth Hopper in Uppermill on Saturday morning.

The shuttle bus linking Uppermill and Greenfield with Dove Stone Reservoir is back on the road as of this weekend. The Saddleworth Hopper is going to run on Saturdays, Sundays and the August Bank Holiday Monday, until 29 August.

It’s following a completely new timetable and route, after last year’s service to and from Greenfield Station was not judged a success. Now, it’s operating […]