Dearne Valley Green Heart
Dearne Valley Green Heart
Once the proud heart of the Yorkshire coalfield, the Dearne Valley in South Yorkshire is now characterised by a diverse mixture of wetlands, farmland and woodland.
Mining and heavy industry have left their mark on the Dearne Valley, but this legacy has provided the opportunity to rejuvenate the landscape and shape its future. We are retaining important features of our industrial heritage and providing a home for a rich variety of plants and animals. We are, for example, creating wetlands in areas of subsidence and a mixture of woodland and grassland on spoil heaps.
The Dearne Valley is one of only 12 Nature Improvement Areas in England. We are working as part of the Dearne Valley Green Heart Partnership to transform the valley into a place where people and nature thrive, a place where people want to work, live and spend their free time.
By creating a healthy and attractive natural environment, we are supporting the development of a growing green economy and flourishing local communities.
Explore the area
Find out what’s going on near this Futurescape, including places to visit, news and local events, plus how you can work or volunteer for us.
Reserves and other protected areas are a key part of Futurescapes. They provide core areas for nature to thrive and eventually repopulate the surrounding landscapes. The key RSPB reserves within this Futurescape is:
This new reserve provides a chance to get up close to a reedbed and its fascinating inhabitants. Bitterns come to spend winter camouflaged amongst the reeds and we hope they'll stay to breed soon. It's easy to access from the Dearne Way footpath and Trans Pennine Trail.
Futurescapes is all about collaboration. There are many organisations and people involved in managing land in the Dearne Valley. Our challenge is working together to find ways of making more space for nature. To achieve this we’re working with:
- Barnsley Biodiversity Trust
- Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
- Dearne Valley Eco-Vision
- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
- Don Catchments Rivers Trust
- Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council
- The Environment Agency
- Forestry Commission
- Groundwork Dearne Valley
- Heritage Lottery Fund
- Natural England
- Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council
- South Yorkshire Forest Partnership
- Yorkshire Water
- Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Saving special places
G7 Commentary - Nature compact success or failure?
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A big step for international whale conservation - sei whale Key Biodiversity Area in Falklands
By Michelle Winnard, Communications Officer, Falklands Conservation Sei whale by Caroline Weir, Falklands Conservation In a big step for international whale conservation, the Falkland Islands have been confirmed as a hotspot for a globally end...(re...Posted 12/05/2021 by Heather Mitchell
Rejecting aluminium from Ghana's Forests
As Ghana weighs economic benefits of mining bauxite for aluminum, multi-billion-dollar global companies support community groups calling for protection of critical forest. Natalie Hall, RSPB Senior Advisor for International Site Policy explains. Atew...Posted 03/02/2021 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers
Taking ‘Favourable Conservation Status’ out of the ‘too difficult’ box
Favourable Conservation Status (FCS) is a concept enshrined in international, European and national nature protection laws. Head of Sites Conservation Policy, Kate Jennings explains the idea of identifying what good looks like for habitats and s...(r...Posted 13/02/2020 by Vanessa Amaral-Rogers