We carried out 220 visitor surveys across 6 sites over a 4 day period on Sheffield Moors for the  Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area. The surveys were developed in collaboration with Dr Karl Evans of the University of Sheffield and are part of ongoing monitoring that will be continue until 2015.

Thanks to our brilliant team of volunteers who helped out last year and all the visitors who gave up a few minutes of their valuable leisure time to answer questions.

If you would like to help out with future surveys please contact Sarah Proctor by e-mail at Sarah.Proctor@peakdistrict.gov.uk

What is the Dark Peak NIA?
The Dark Peak NIA includes nine partners: the RSPB, National Trust, Peak District National Park Authority, United Utilities, British Mountaineering Council, Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Wildlife Trust, Moors for the Future Partnership and Natural England.

The Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) Programme with funding of £7.5 million has been established, as announced by Defra in the Natural Environment White Paper (2011).

NIAs are large, discrete areas that will deliver a step change in nature conservation, where a local partnership has a shared vision for their natural environment.

With the support of Natural England, Environment Agency and the Forestry Commission, the partnership will plan and deliver significant improvements for wildlife and people through the sustainable use of natural resources, restoring and creating wildlife habitats, connecting local sites and joining up local action. http://www.naturalengland.org.uk