Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
Campaigning for wildlife fund
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At the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham, we have a great record for protecting and enhancing the nature reserves we own and manage, for raising awareness about the plight of local wildlife and the threats to our wonderful countryside and urban green spaces. But sometimes we struggle to challenge all the proposed developments which we believe may cause harm to wildlife.
One current proposal is to build a new Motorway Service Area off Junction 35 of the M1 in the middle of Smithy Wood, an ancient woodland and designated Local Wildlife Site in Sheffield’s Green Belt.
Ancient Woodlands are really special and irreplaceable – once lost they are lost forever.
Another proposal is the High Speed Train link (HS2) from Birmingham to Leeds. The current preferred route threatens Smithy Woods western flank (the side to be left by the Motorway Service Area development) and Ancient Woodland at Hesley and Hesley Tip plus nine other Local Wildlife Sites in Sheffield and Rotherham. The total threat is significant, with 345 hectares of Local Wildlife Sites, including 46 hectares of Ancient Woodland, potentially lost along the proposed route.
We are not convinced that there are compelling enough arguments for either of these proposals. We believe that the principles of sustainable development - including the need for efficient and sustainable transport systems - must not be achieved at the expense of the natural environment.
If you agree with us, please contribute to our Campaigning Fund, which will give us resources to oppose or moderate these developments and others like them which threaten to destroy our natural heritage.
We desperately need more resources to pay for the professional expertise and time we need to scrutinise planning applications and proposed developments to lodge objections and campaign against further damage to our valuable natural heritage.
Please help us to get the best deal for wildlife.