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Section two: The heritage 
In this section tell us about the heritage your project focuses on and why it is valued.  
2a What is the heritage your project focuses upon? 
Imagine the exhilarating moment you see a peregrine falcon, diving and hunting, raising chicks among high 
city rooftops, or hear the thrilling 't-wit-t-woo' of tawny owls, minutes from a suburban tram stop. 
Encounters with urban wildlife such as these can be both spectacular and life-affirming but sadly, it is 
becoming increasingly difficult to observe birds of prey (BoP) and owls in their natural habitats – such as the 
wild upland areas of the Peak District National Park (PDNP). 
This heritage engagement project focuses on the plight of BoP and owls in the Dark Peak (see Map 1 SD9.8). 
PDNP is of international, national, regional and local importance. It plays a special role at the centre of 
England, with panoramic high moors, rock edges, woodlands and river valleys; yet still within reach of cities 
such as Sheffield. It was the first of 15 national parks in the UK to be designated for spectacular landscapes, 
cultural heritage and wildlife. 
Some wildlife can successfully gain refuge in cities like Sheffield, but finding a safe place to live and breed in 
the moorland habitat of the Peak District ‘Dark Peak’ is becoming harder for raptor birds. 
We will bring the issues of BoP to people's attention, acting in both city and countryside, to inspire and 
engage a diverse demographic of urban and rural audiences. 
BoP and owls are collectively known as ‘raptors’. They are ‘apex predators’ at the top of the ecological food 
web. However, they have come into conflict with humans, particularly in the uplands. 
There are 15 BoP species native to the UK, including eagles, hawks, falcons and kestrels. Each is adapted to 
a variety of habitats and food sources. All are protected under UK wildlife legislation. 
This project focuses on the BoP and owls that should and could be thriving in the Dark Peak: merlin, 
peregrine falcon, goshawk, hen harrier and short-eared owl. 

Merlin 
- Our smallest falcon and true upland bird, with heather moorland its preferred breeding habitat.
This moorland raptor suffered a population crash in the late 20th century. Whilst the population is now rising, it
remains threatened by intensive moorland management practices and climate change among other issues.

Peregrine 
falcon - This bird has traditionally nested in rocky outcrops but has now adapted to urban
high-rise life, nesting on tall buildings across the country. In Sheffield, one pair successfully nest on St
Georges Church, where they hunt for food such as pigeons. They catch prey by diving at over 200mph - the
fastest creature on the planet.

Goshawk 
- A large woodland-dwelling raptor which feeds on small mammals and birds. It became
extinct in the UK in the 1880s. The Dark Peak was one of the first areas Goshawk returned to in the 1960s.
The latest UK population estimate was 616 pairs. Recent years have seen a rapid decline in the Dark Peak
population of this woodland species, with several instances of illegal persecution.

Hen 
harrier - One of the most rare BoP in England, known as the ‘Skydancer’ because of its aerial
mating displays. A Joint Nature Conservation Committee-commissioned report in 2011 estimated that
England could support a hen harrier population of more than 300 pairs. In 2017, however, only 3 pairs
successfully bred in England.

Short-eared 
Owl - An owl of open moorland and one most likely to be seen hunting in the daytime.
They are an elusive species to monitor, with threats coming from intensive moorland management, food
availability and illegal killing.
LEGAL PROTECTION 
All birds are highly protected under UK and European law. Some BoP encountered in the Dark Peak 

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(peregrine falcon, hen harrier, merlin and goshawk) also have enhanced protection during breeding season. 
Under Schedule 1 of the Wildlife & Countryside Act (1981), these species and their young are protected at the 
nest. 
The internationally important habitats in the Peak on which they rely are safeguarded. The internationally 
important Peak District Moors (South Pennine Moors Phase 1) Special Protection Area (SPA) is designated 
for merlin and short-eared owl. 
The Dark Peak and Eastern Peak District Moors Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) citations include 
diverse upland bird assemblages, including peregrine falcon and hen harrier. 
One 'special quality' of PDNP is the importance of wildlife and the area’s unique biodiversity. BoP are also 
recognised as regionally important in the Peak District Biodiversity Action Plan (PDBAP). 
The following species are included with the PDBAP ‘Action for Species’ list: Hen harrier (red List), Merlin 
(South Pennine Moors SPA), Peregrine falcon, Short-eared owl (South Pennine Moors SPA). 
PDBAP also states: “Birds of prey have had variable fortunes, with concerns about poor populations and 
breeding success locally, and about the potential impact on other moorland birds. Most species enjoy special 
legal protection. They have therefore been identified as high priority, and the Birds of Prey Initiative [see Q2b] 
seeks to find a common approach to ensure the future of these magnificent birds in the Peak District.” 
IMPORTANCE 
Beautiful and spectacular, these birds' majestic presence in our skies indicates a thriving environment on 
which wildlife depends. 
+      Popular culture: 
BoP evoke a sense of wonder and are a popular part of our natural and cultural heritage. “Our literature, 
poetry and art over the last 1000 years are permeated with references to them, which reflects the role they’ve 
played in shaping our entire relationship with nature” - 

- In 
the wider community, BoP hold a special place in people’s imaginations – images of these birds are 
referred to in popular sayings, eg ‘eagle-eyed’, 'watch someone like a hawk'. Even if people rarely see the real 
thing, this is a strong ‘brand’. Many are thrilled to see a hovering kestrel by the roadside, or hear buzzards cry 
overhead. 
- Literature, 
film and TV have drawn on BoP as inspiration for powerful, emotional stories. It is 50 years 
since Barry Hines' novel 'Kes' was published, about a young boy’s relationship with a captive kestrel in South 
Yorkshire. 
- From 
fiction to fact - BoP feature on nature programmes such as BBC’s Springwatch with millions of 
viewers; BBC Countryfile also regularly features the Peak District and its issues. 
BoP are indicators of the health of the environment. The fortunes of BoP can alert us to the state of the 
environment. If their populations are thriving, it generally means there is plenty of food available and the rest 
of the food chain is healthy. During the 1950s and ‘60s, dramatic declines in peregrines and other birds of 
prey alerted the world to the impact of organochlorine pesticides. 
BoP and owls are key elements of the Peak District’s moorland heritage and landscape character. 
WHO ARE BOP IMPORTANT TO? 
BoP are of value to a large and wide range of communities, individuals, interest groups and organisations. 
PEOPLE 
+ Local 
and visiting communities: 
- PDNP 
is upland countryside near large cities (Sheffield popn 0.5m). There are 38,000 residents in the 
peaks but 12m visitors annually, making it one of the most popular national parks in the country. VisitEngland 
research shows that wildlife and natural landscapes are powerful attractors for some international visitor 
sectors. 

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- A 
wealth of outdoor opportunities attract people for a range of sports and activities, such as walking, 
climbing, photography and biking. British Mountaineering Council members already help to protect nesting 
birds on busy climbing edges in the peaks. 
+ Urban 
communities: 
- Peregrine 
falcons have been nesting on St Georges Church in Sheffield every year since 2012, with 
people from across the city and beyond able to observe them live via a webcam hosted by University of 
Sheffield and Sheffield Bird Group. Webcam visits are estimated into the millions, with the associated blog 
(Sheffield Peregrines) having over 0.5m visits - attracting people from over 100 countries. This peregrine pair 
have become important enough to the local community to inspire public artwork ‘Allen the Peregrine’ outside 
Sheffield Railway Station. 
- DWT 
worked in partnership to set up the equally popular Derby Cathedral Peregrines nestcam website 
and blog. They also work across the Peak District at sites such as Carsington Water where fishing ospreys 
visit from Rutland Water. 
- RSPB's 
Dates with Nature provide live viewpoints across the UK. Showing people Ospreys on the nest 
at Loch Garten and in the Lake District, Peregrines on London’s Tate Modern, is an effective way of showing 
these birds to people. These events further increase interest and engagement. 
- RSPB’s 
previous work on projects such as Skydancer (HG-08-10220) and current EU Hen Harrier 
LIFE project (See consultation summary SD9.9C) show large numbers of people can become enthused about 
the plight of birds of prey. 
+ Special 
Interest groups: 
- Bird watchers and nature lovers: there are almost 3 million regular birdwatchers in the UK 
- Active specialist local groups: Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group (part of NERF) 
- Specialist campaigning groups: eg Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC) (organisers of Hen Harrier 
Day) 
- Academia: Scientists inc. naturalists, ecologists - university students, lecturers and researchers. 
ORGANISATIONS 
"Vibrant wildlife including birds of prey" is one of five identified key outcomes of NT's High Peak Moors Vision. 
+ UPLAND 
SKIES PROJECT PARTNERSHIP arose from the common passion and interest of 
like-minded organisations who are all currently working in different ways across the project area to protect 
birds of prey. (See SD 9.2A&B). 
Signatory partners: 
-RSPB 
-NT 
-PDNPA  
-DWT 
-SRWT 
Other involved organisations supporting delivery: 
- Moors for the Future Partnership (MFFP) 
- Eastern Moors Partnership (EMP) 
- Derbyshire Constabulary 
- Northern England Raptor Forum (NERF) 
+ Governmental 
and political authorities - Sheffield City Council 
+ Statutory 
bodies:  Natural England – responsible for condition of Dark Peak SPA; Environment Agency 
– responsible for quality and function of Upland landscapes 
+ Police 
Authorities - Derbyshire & South Yorks forces (Local Wildlife Crime Officers, Rural Crime 
Teams) and National Wildlife crime network 
+ Conservation 
organisation members - RSPB (1m), NT (5m), DWT (14k) with 8 active local groups in 
Derbyshire, SRWT (5k) 

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+ Sheffield 
Lakeland Landscape Partnership (see SD 9.9A) 
SD9.9: Letters of support 
SD9.8: PHOTOS & SCHEDULE  
2b Is your heritage considered to be at risk? 
Yes 

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Please provide information on why your heritage is considered to be at risk and in what way. 
BoP are missing from many places where they once thrived, both in the UK and throughout Europe. Of our 15 
breeding species, 10 are on either the Red or Amber lists (historical population decline), with 7 species also of 
European conservation concern. 
WHY IS THE HERITAGE AT RISK AND IN WHAT WAY? 
"In the Dark Peak woodlands and moors, populations of some protected birds are in drastic decline and this 
part of the Peak District National Park is becoming a ‘no-go’ zone for some of the Britain’s most cherished 
wildlife" (Ref: Peak Malpractice, 2006, p1). Although this statement was made over a decade ago, the 
situation has worsened. It has been confirmed that in 2017, peregrine falcons failed to breed successfully in 
the Dark Peak area for the first time in more than 30 years. 
Some wildlife can successfully gain refuge in cities like Sheffield, but finding a safe place to live and breed in 
prime moorland habitat of the Peak District is ever harder for BoP such as Peregrine, Merlin, Goshawk, Hen 
Harrier and owls. 
The National Hen Harrier Survey (2016) revealed that Hen Harrier remains on the brink of extinction as a 
breeding species in England. 
Shockingly, despite their protected status, BoP populations in the Peak District are in trouble, as recognised in 
the Peak District State of Nature Report (Anderson, 2016) and RSPB's Peak Malpractice and update (2006 & 
2007). A paper by the RSPB (2018) highlighted both the significant declines in the DP Goshawk and 
Peregrine populations between 1995 and 2015, and also the scale of confirmed raptor persecution incidents. 
For some species (notably Peregrine, Goshawk and Hen Harrier), evidence shows illegal persecution is a 
major factor affecting the success and status of these birds. 
For species such as merlin and short-eared owl, the picture is less clear; in additional to illegal persecution, 
declines are potentially linked to habitat quality, intensive moorland management and climate change. 
Continuing the landscape-scale restoration of the Dark Peak's blanket bogs is ongoing and vitally important 
for birds, the Upland ecosystem and the Peak District.  
However, increasing people's awareness of these moorland birds and learning how they can make a 
difference is needed if these birds' fortunes are to be turned around. 
RSPB's award-winning 'Skydancer' project (HG-08-10220) in northern England showed people can be 
inspired by this issue; recent consultation on Public Attitudes towards hen harriers as part of Hen Harrier LIFE 
demonstrates this too (Executive Summary SD9.9C). 
WHY ARE BOP UNDER THREAT? 
BoP populations in the uplands are extremely susceptible to human activity, including illegal persecution and 
inappropriate moorland management. In addition to these issues, they remain at risk from pesticides, owing to 
their position at the top of the food web. Unfortunately, they also remain subject to devastating egg and chick 
thefts by egg collectors and illegal falconers. 
The Peak District Birds of Prey Initiative (BOPI) has sought to address the low breeding numbers of BoP by 
working in partnership with upland stakeholders (including landowners and gamekeepers). However, the 
targets for bird population increase set by BOPI have not been met and it is acknowledged that other 
complementary approaches are required. For this reason, partners have worked to develop ‘Upland Skies’, a 
project which seeks to inspire a wider audience with birds of prey issues. 
[See BOPI Position Statement attached [SD 9.9B] 
WHAT ACTIONS HAVE WE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE TO MINIMISE THIS RISK? 
The project partner organisations have all been working for many years (nationally, regionally and locally) to 
protect and conserve these species and their habitats in many ways: 
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* Monitoring and surveying to understand numbers and behaviour (e.g. RSPB conservation teams, Hen 
Harrier LIFE project, DWT, SRWT, Raptor study groups) 
* Landscape-scale habitat restoration ongoing across the peaks (MFFP, RSPB Dovestone & Eastern Moors 
Partnership, NT's High Peak Moors Vision, Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership) 
* Nest protection work – variety of activities, by staff and volunteers, according to species & location; ranging 
from 24 hour remote & covert surveillance of individual nests, to checking nest sites in an area at regular 
intervals- RSPB Investigations, Raptor study groups. 
* Satellite tagging across UK to understand movements and needs of the birds (through HH LIFE+ project) 
* Investigating wildlife crime - RSPB work with police forces to tackle wildlife crime. Recently 'Operation Owl' 
was initiated in North Yorkshire to address BoP persecution. As part of Upland Skies, a similar initiative is 
planned with Derbyshire Constabulary. 
* Nest cameras & live viewing points to engage people - e.g RSPB Date with Nature Malham Peregrines and 
Lake District Ospreys, Peregrine projects at RSPB Dovestone, Derby Cathedral 
* People engagement projects (Eg HLF Skydancer at Geltsdale and Bowland) 
* Conservation advice and education - As part of Skydancer project, RSPB worked with gamekeeping 
colleges to continue to raise awareness within the shooting industry of the plight of the hen harrier. 
Summary of Current Partner Activity SD 9.2I gives details of partners' current engagement work where 
relevant to this project. 
However, despite this positive ongoing work to raise awareness and reverse damage to upland habitats, such 
as blanket bog, it is recognised there are still issues relating to some BoP within the moorland environment. 
Our long-term vision is to put birds of prey back where they belong - in Upland Skies. 
2c Does your project involve work to physical heritage, such as buildings, collections, landscapes or 
habitats? 

Yes 
Tell us the name of the building(s), collections, landscape or habitat area  
Peak District Moors (South Pennine Moors Phase 1) SPA; Dark Peak SSSI; Eastern Peak District Moors 
SSSIs 
Does your organisation have the freehold of the building or land, or own outright the heritage items 
that your project focuses on? 

No 
Does your organisation have a lease of the building or land that your project focuses on? 
No 
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Does a project partner have the freehold of the building or land, or own outright the heritage items 
that your project focuses on? 

Yes 
Please give the name of the partner organisation: 
Birds could nest anywhere. Partners PDNPA, NT, RSPB all manage multiple landholdings under a mixture of 
tenures 
Are there any legal conditions, restrictions or covenants associated with the heritage asset which may 
affect your project? 

Yes 
Please provide details 
Yes, conservation actions involving protected birds and nests will require specialist licenses from Natural 
England and British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). These will be formally applied for as required during the 
Development Phase as part of the Nest Camera and Satellite Tagging Scoping Studies [SDs 9.6 F & G] 
Natural England consents will be required for any Land management activity outside of approved 
management plans. 
Possible planning permission requirements for placing viewing equipment/interpretation within visitor centres 
such as NT Longshaw. 
Has a condition survey been undertaken for the heritage asset in the last five years? 
Yes 
Does your organisation have, or are you planning to take out, a mortgage or other loans secured on 
the building or land, or heritage items? 

No 
Does a project partner have, or are planning to take out, a mortgage or other loans secured on the 
building or land, or heritage items? 

No 
For landscape projects, please provide an Ordnance Survey grid reference for your landscape. 
N/A 
2d Does your project involve the acquisition of a building, land or heritage items? 
No 
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Please tick any of the following that apply to your heritage: 
Accredited Museum, Gallery 
or Archive 

Designated or Significant 
(Scotland) Collection  

DCMS funded Museum, 
Library, Gallery or Archive  

World Heritage Site  
Grade I or Grade A listed 
building  

Grade II* or Grade B listed 
building 

Grade II, Grade C or Grade 
C(S) listed building 

Local list 
Scheduled Ancient 
Monument  

Registered historic ship  
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Conservation Area 
Registered Battlefield 
Area of Outstanding Natural 
Beauty (AONB) or National 
Scenic Area (NSA) 

National Park 
National Nature Reserve 
Ramsar site 
Regionally Important 
Geological and 
Geomorphological Site 
(RIGS) 

Special Area of Conservation 
(SAC) or e-SAC 

Special Protection Areas 
(SPA) 

Registered Park or Garden 
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Section three: Your project 
In this section, tell us about your project. Make sure you include all your planned activities, and 
capital works if applicable. 

3a Describe what your project will do. 
UPLAND SKIES PARTNERSHIP VISION: People who work, live and play within the Dark Peak and urban 
areas of Sheffield will feel inspired to cherish, value and protect Birds of Prey (BoP). In the long term, this will 
contribute to a thriving population of BoP in the Dark Peak area of the Peak District, including Hen Harrier, 
Peregrine, Merlin, Goshawk and Owls. To achieve this vision the partnership objectives are: 
• 1 
An active partnership working to inspire others to champion the issues of BoP, a key indicator of 
healthy upland landscapes; 
• 2 
Gain greater community awareness and support for BoP in the Peak District, within the urban 
communities of Sheffield and the rural communities of the Dark Peak and visitors to PDNP 
• 3 
Inspire educate and engage children and young people about their BoP, the issues they face and 
the unique upland landscape on their doorstep, both within the urban and rural areas of Sheffield and the Dark 
Park area of the Peak District 
• 4 
Champion positive land management to provide upland habitats which give BoP a home in the Dark 
Peak 
• 5 
Enhance protection of BoP in the Dark Peak 
UPLAND SKIES partnership will inspire, engage and ignite a passion for birds of prey (BoP) within resident 
and visiting communities of Sheffield and the Peak District National Park (PDNP), creating awareness of the 
plight of these birds in the PDNP but also a sense of awe and wonder at these magnificent creatures and the 
landscapes they live in. 
(See Partnership Project Brief and Draft Activity Plan SD9.2B-C) 
Working together under a single brand with a compelling message, this partnership will be able to reach more 
people than each single organisation alone. 
PROJECT OUTPUTS 
As an overall guide, we estimate this project could reach 100,000 people: 
• Engage 
3000 adults face-to-face 
• Deliver 
inspirational BoP education to 3000 children f2f (750 school children pa) 
• Citizen 
science volunteers will generate 2000 new data records 
• Over 
60 people will volunteer as BoP champions. 
• Generate 
increase in wildlife crime reports to police hotline 
• Reach 
94,000 people using social media (>4000 webpage hits, >90,000 across Facebook & Twitter) 
• Employ 
a new project delivery team of 2 Outreach Officers (FT), 1 Project Manager (0.8FTE) and 1 
Project Administrator (0.2FTE) 
Draft Activity Plan [SD 9.2C] gives full details of estimated project outputs. 
DELIVERY PHASE OUTLINE 
We will engage people in a variety of ways, taking them on their own journeys, from feeling inspired by BoP, 
to wanting to know more about how to help these creatures and the rich landscapes they live in. 
This project will link urban people to the nature of the Peak District, and rural communities and nature to larger 
urban-based audiences and a diversity of opportunities. 
We will provide opportunities where people live, through community-based activity and outreach to schools, 
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as well as at key visitor hubs in PDNP and Sheffield, and attend popular seasonal events. 
We will use a range of media to engage people and receive feedback, enabling us to adapt our offer as we 
move through delivery to ensure continued relevance to our audiences. 
We will enable land managers to share best-practice and champion positive land management that provides 
homes for BoP in the Dark Peak, delivering a programme of events and providing specialist advice in 
accordance with findings from Development Phase scoping [Brief SD9.6J]. 
Bird monitoring and protection work will underpin the engagement activity. Conservation actions will involve 
installing nest cameras and possibly satellite tags. This small amount of direct intervention will help to protect 
species, gain information and, crucially, enable us to show people the birds. 
In addition, a dedicated ‘citizen science’ data-gathering exercise (Brief SD9.6I) will be developed and 
launched, enabling large numbers of people to get involved in identifying and recording BoP, and producing 
landscape-scale scientific data. 
CAPITAL WORK: 
NEST CAMERAS & SATELLITE TAGGING - During breeding season (March to August), we plan to install 
nest cameras and fit satellite tags to appropriately identified and located BoP or owls within the project area. 
We will use technology to stream footage and data (digital outputs) that can be viewed with project staff and 
volunteers at key audience locations in Peak District and Sheffield, e.g. NT Longshaw cafe. 
The data and footage will also be used for other digital outputs, such as a dedicated project website and other 
innovative media as identified in the development stage. 
This sensitive conservation work will be undertaken in accordance with recommendations from Scoping 
Studies to be undertaken in Development Phase [SDs 9.6 F&G: Satellite Tagging and Nest Camera Briefs] 
CITIZEN SCIENCE DIGITAL OUTPUT – Capital will be invested in developing, designing and delivering a 
new specialised BoP initiative as described above. [Brief SD 9.6I] 
PEOPLE ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES: 
Supported by a team of trained BoP Champion volunteers, two new Outreach Officers will work in parallel in 
Sheffield and the Peak District. They will deliver: 
• education 
sessions in schools, 
• awareness 
sessions with community groups, 
• family 
engagement at events, shows and festivals. 
The full range of activities envisaged is outlined in the Draft Activity Plan (SD9.2C), which will be refined in the 
Development Phase (Briefs SD9.6 A&B). 
Accessibility for different audiences is key to our activities being able to engage people where they are and 
allowing them to develop a long-term interest in the heritage. We will focus strongly on educational and 
community-based activities. 
Education: 
Outreach Officers and volunteers will deliver educational workshops in primary/secondary schools and further 
education colleges, also leading field trips on the moors creating an accessible and exciting learning 
experience.Additionally, they will work with uniformed youth organisations and young people through 
community groups, inspiring them about the importance of BoP and the upland landscape they live in. 
Education teams within the partnership will receive training and information about how to add value to existing 
work by using the educational package developed during this project. See Educational Approach SD9.9D 
Communities: 
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Other project activities enabling us to communicate with different communities will include: 
• Programme 
of family-friendly activities in Sheffield and Peak District, engaging people at seasonal 
shows and festivals such as Wakes Weeks, Well-dressings, 'Cliffhanger' and agricultural shows, creating 
greater community awareness and support for BoP in the Peak District and urban Sheffield. 
• Liaising 
with local police to create a dedicated BoP Operation, enabling more members of the public to 
recognise and report suspected crimes; 
• Citizen 
Science opportunities offered will give people knowledge to go out, recognize and survey birds, 
contributing to scientific knowledge 
• Possible 
land management best-practice showcase events with land-owning and agricultural 
communities (based on recommendations from the development phase) – either as standalone events or as 
input to other moorland management best-practice events. 
Supporting Doc 9.2I summarises current activities and audience reach of partner organisations, 
demonstrating how this project will make a difference in the project area with current and new audiences. 
3b Explain what need and opportunity your project will address 
‘Skydancer’ showed that people can be inspired by arts and culture related activities, with 3700 involved. Our 
activity plan for communities will aim to reach a similar diverse audience in a number of ways. 
Issues around BoP are complex and divisive. For some people, they are the epitome of nature at its very best, 
yet for others, they can seem fierce, threatening or are considered ‘vermin’. In an urbanised world, there are 
also people who have no knowledge of, or care about the natural world, let alone specific creatures. Ironically, 
many people will have an abstract knowledge of birds used symbolically in brand imagery and everyday 
language, but may only ever have encountered the real thing as part of a captive falconry show for 
entertainment. 
Due to the rarity and vulnerability of these birds in the wild, very few people currently get the chance to see 
them at close hand or in skies above. Indeed, some who are lucky enough to see the birds can also be those 
responsible for their decline. These birds are still at risk from egg collectors, poisoning, trapping and shooting, 
so finding a way to show them to people without putting birds in danger is a key consideration. 
The success of urban nesting sites for peregrine falcons, such as at Sheffield University, has already shown 
how fascinating they are to people. The webcam has hits into the millions and blog managed by Sheffield Bird 
Group has an international audience, with 0.5m hits. Technology such as nest cameras and satellite tags are 
a powerful way of showing people footage and telling compelling stories to also create a sense of community 
pride. There are already a number of other nest cams in and around the project area, e.g. Derby Cathedral 
(DWT). 
Hen Harrier Day, a nationwide happening organised by Birders Against Wildlife Crime (BAWC), has been 
building awareness and interest in BoP issues, with annual publicity and events around 12 August, the 
traditional start of the game shooting season, including in the Peak District and Sheffield. 
Studies show that children and young people increasingly spend less time outdoors and there are concerns 
about their ability to connect with the natural world. If we don’t engage with them about their natural heritage 
they are less likely to go on to behave in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. 
In addition, the Uplands do not feel as accessible to those who are disconnected from nature and are not 
aware of opportunities for them. This project will bring the heritage to the urban communities and encourage 
them to go and engage with it. 
There is an opportunity in this project’s education activities to enhance the national curriculum for schools and 
provide support for youth groups and badge attainment. BoP will be used as a tool for supporting a variety of 
learning outcomes across a range of curricula. (See Educational Approach SD9.9E) 
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LOCAL STRATEGIES & INITIATIVES 
Upland Skies project activities will respond to and complement: 
• Sheffield 
Lakeland Landscape Partnership [Summary attached SD 9.9A] 
• Bird 
of Prey Initiative & Peak District Moorland Liaison Group [Position Statement attached SD 9.9B] 
Direct contribution to "Vibrant wildlife including birds of prey" one of five identified key outcomes of NT's High 
Peak Moors 50 Year Vision. 
3c Why is it essential for the project to go ahead now? 
BoP are already going locally and nationally extinct. Current populations are minute and fragile – some BoP 
are not breeding at all in the Dark Peak; action to save these birds is becoming more critical; a new approach 
to the problem is urgently required. 
RSPB’s current EU Life plus Hen Harrier project will stop in 2019. No further EU funding will be available to 
apply for after that due to Brexit, and there is uncertainty over what follows. 
MFFP currently have funding for Citizen Science work as part of HLF project, but this will finish in December 
2018. 
In summer 2018, NT have had one successful Hen Harrier nesting attempt on their land and were able to ring 
and satellite-tag the chicks. Although this is fantastic news, and proof these birds will breed in the Peaks when 
not disturbed, these young or their parents may still not survive the coming months.The fact we are 
celebrating the presence of just one nest highlights the plight of these birds. 
Large-scale work to restore peatland, the habitat these birds rely on, is continuing and showing that where 
habitat is thriving, upland species can survive and breed, if they are not persecuted. Evidence shows there 
should and could be over 300 pairs of Hen Harrier in England (JNCC) 
Upland Skies' mass people-engagement approach is a natural next step to help these birds. It will be 
complemented by the Goshawk work proposed as part of the Sheffield Lakeland Landscape Partnership, and 
the existing Birds of Prey Initiative. 
3d Why do you need Lottery funding? 
Lottery Funding will enable HLF to deliver their own objectives, enabling diverse urban and rural communities 
to engage meaningfully with their own precious natural heritage. It will enable us to continue to build on the 
momentum gained from the Hen Harrier LIFE project, due to complete in 2019. 
Corporates, individuals, trusts and foundations (and Landfill Communities Fund where eligible) - will all play a 
part as shown by the attached Fundraising Strategy & Match Fundraising Summary [SD 9.42G&H], but will 
simply not be enough without HLF’s grant. 
Without HLF funding, the partnership project will not be able to go ahead. Partner organisations will all 
continue to do ''business as usual', as all the partnership organisations have saving BoP as a priority. 
However, to deliver such a large engagement project will require more resources than each organisation has 
available. 
People will become increasingly disconnected from some of the most precious wildlife in the UK and the 
natural world on their doorsteps. 
It is entirely possible that without mass concerted action, some of these species will disappear from the Dark 
Peak for good. 
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3e What work and/or consultation have you undertaken to prepare for this project and why?  
Sept 2016 - Report from 
 (Looked at Sheffield 
target audience understanding of birds of prey, evidenced limited knowledge and awareness of BoP, esp in 
11-17 age group (Abstract SD9.9C) 
Jan 2018 - Hen Harrier LIFE Project Community Consultation (Executive Summary SD 9.9C) 
Easter 2018 - a mini consultation was undertaken at various partner sites in/near the project area. (Summary 
Results SD 9.9C) 
Summer 2018 - a mini Education consultation was conducted with teachers, classes and individual schools  
(Results 9.9D) 
Although the most recent consultations had small sample sizes, these demonstrate people's interest in or 
near the project area in finding out more about BoP. They are testers for more extensive consultation during 
Development Phase which will inform our activity plan, engagement offer and establishment of evaluation 
baselines. 
The Partners and other interested organisations have been working together for over a year to develop the 
Upland Skies project for submission to HLF with RSPB as lead partner. See Partnership Brief SD9.2B. 
Direction of the project was agreed by a Project Steering Group in late 2016 and further project development 
work to date has been undertaken by two working groups (one focussing on Public Engagement, the other on 
Conservation and Land management). 
See SD 9.2I for a summary showing the breadth and amount of current Partner people engagement. 
3f How are you planning to promote and acknowledge National Lottery players' contribution to your 
project through HLF funding? 
Delivery phase communications activities and structures, including promotions and stakeholder engagement, 
will be informed by work done during Development Phase on Communications Plan, Audience Development 
Plan, Activity Plan and Brand Development. See Briefs SD 9.6: A, B, D & E. 
These will, for example, use stakeholder analysis, and generate lists of target media and key communications 
channels. 
Example acknowledgements could include: 
• Use 
HLF Logo on all outputs (digital, leaflets, etc), banners, events, marquees 
• Use 
social media - facebook, twitter, partner websites 
• Local 
newspapers, tv, radio, seasonal events 
• Free 
offers for lottery ticket holders, e.g. a free event pass, or free entry to partner activities,  eg NT 
Discovery Trails 
- Holding a ‘draw’ to win special 'behind the scenes' access 
- Promotion of offers at Lottery Ticket point of sale in local communities 
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Section four: Project outcomes 
In this section, tell us about the difference that your project will make for heritage, people and 
communities. 

4a What difference will your project make for heritage? 
BETTER MANAGED 
• Land 
management activities (e.g. best-practice demonstration events and specialist advice) will result 
in more land being sensitively managed for BoP. 
IN BETTER CONDITION 
• There 
will be more safe places for BoP to nest and roost as a result of our satellite tagging, nest 
camera, wildlife crime reporting and 'adopt a peregrine' nest work with BMC. 
• Awareness-raising 
activities will lead to a much larger community of people looking out for BoP, 
recognising and reporting crimes 
BETTER INTERPRETED AND EXPLAINED 
Some people currently know very little about BoP, so we will create awareness and increase understanding. 
As this is an outreach project, it will be imperative that we interpret and explain the plight of BoP to a diverse 
audience (urban and rural). We intend to engage with 100,000 people (6000 face-to-face) in a variety of ways 
as detailed in Q3a. 
IDENTIFIED/RECORDED 
• Citizen 
science records will create new sightings records for BoP in the project area  
• Information 
from satellite tagging and nest camera activities will reveal new information about BoP 
behaviour 
• BoP 
information - previously hidden, not well known, or not accessible will be available to the public. 
4b What difference will your project make for people? 
PEOPLE WILL:  
DEVELOP SKILLS 
• We 
aim to train 60 BoP Champion volunteers across the project area to deliver engagement activities 
at events, information points and visitor hubs. Some of these will support education and engagement with 
young people. In addition to the skills development we would expect there to be wider social and health 
benefits for volunteers. 
• Staff 
from partners and other interested organisations/groups will benefit from training around BoP 
engagement and delivery skills from the project leads, supporting the delivery of these messages beyond the 
lifetime of the project. 
• We 
will train members of the public with the skills needed to provide citizen science records 
LEARN ABOUT HERITAGE 
• Our 
wide range of engagement activities will ensure that at least 3000 adults and 3000 children/young 
people will have learnt about the plight of BoP and what they can do to help them. 
• We 
will work with a variety of community groups/local movements to reach a more diverse audience 
and our digital platform, range of events and project literature will be appropriately tailored to different 
audiences 
LEARN ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT: 
• We 
will support people to learn more about their natural heritage through direct engagement 
opportunities as well as resources to continue their learning journey. 
• We 
aim to reach 100,000 people through online and social media channels, and at least 6000 
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face-to-face (3000 adults and 3000 children) through formal learning 
• The 
formal learning offer will be linked to national curriculum and support more holistic child 
development, such as communication skills, team working and wider PSHE provision. See Educational 
Activities Approach SD 9.9D. 
• Secondary 
schools and colleges can also use BoP as a stimulus to learning or to extra-curricular 
activities such as John Muir Award or Duke of Edinburgh awards. 
CHANGE ATTITUDES AND/OR BEHAVIOURS 
• Our 
project will lead to a change in attitude and behaviour of people towards BoP. 
• Experience 
with previous projects, eg Skydancer, shows that the magic of BoP is tangible and 
inspiring to people. Enthusiasm engendered by this project will inspire and empower people to protect BoP 
and other upland wildlife. 
• This 
change in attitude/behaviour will lead to more people taking action for BoP including volunteering, 
reporting sightings through citizen science and reporting more BoP and wildlife crime to the police. 
HAVE AN ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE 
• We 
know that in order to engage a more diverse range of people, the activities we offer have to be fun. 
The Skydancer project did some amazing activities, including the aerial acrobatic event and over 3700 people 
engaged with its art activities. We hope that suggested activities will be fun, but during the development 
phase, we will work with our audience development consultant to ensure activities are accessible to a wide 
range of people and enjoyable. 
• Adults 
and young people will be inspired and enthused about their local natural heritage and BoP, and 
have an appreciation for the uplands  
• Increasing 
evidence demonstrates that time spent connecting to nature and the outdoors has a 
positive impact on people's health and wellbeing 
VOLUNTEER TIME 
We aim to recruit over 60 volunteers throughout the project. Main roles for volunteers will be as BoP 
Champions, running engagement and education activities, with other volunteers supporting project 
development and administration. 
Participants in Citizen Science surveying will give 200 vol days. 
Specialist conservation volunteers will assist in scoping and developing the nest camera and satellite tagging 
proposals. 
4c What difference will your project make for communities? 
MORE PEOPLE AND A WIDER RANGE OF PEOPLE WILL HAVE ENGAGED WITH HERITAGE 
• We 
will have engaged with a wider audience - both urban and rural, demonstrating a shift in audience 
profile throughout the project. We will engage with more families and more people from a wider range in age, 
ethnicity and social backgrounds. 
• We 
will demonstrate how nature is relevant in urban and rural areas, and develop accessibility for 
groups who may not otherwise see nature or birds of prey as relevant. 
Young people will gain community pride and a feeling of ownership – a sense of place and their role within the 
natural world, leading to increasing time spent engaging with nature or identifying ways to develop skills and 
interests around nature and BoP. 
YOUR LOCAL AREA WILL BE A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE AND VISIT 
The project will bring people together and create interest communities. For example, special interest groups 
such as ramblers and climbers will be given a way to feel engaged in the landscape they enjoy and value. 
• This 
project will empower local people to take action to protect BoP, which will create a stronger sense 
of community. 
• This 
project will raise awareness of visitors to the value of the project area for BoP.  
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This 
partnership project will lead to close working of project partners during development and delivery.
Sharing knowledge and skills, and building capacity of partners will be a legacy of the project, ensuring the
aims of the project continue beyond the project end.

Our 
BoP Champions recruited during the project will continue to work with project partners.
4d What are the main groups of people that will benefit from your project? 
The partnership organisations have a wealth of experience working across a range of groups. This collective 
knowledge and diverse approach will allow us to reach more groups than a single organisation. These will 
include: 

Local 
communities of the Peak District (38,000 residents) and city of Sheffield (urban and rural: popn
over 575,000)

Visitors 
- to Peak District National Park (over 12m visits pa) and Sheffield

Visitors 
to Upland Skies partner sites, e.g. RSPB Dove Stone reserve c200,000 pa, Eastern Moors
c250,000, NT Longshaw Estate over 200k pa

School 
and Youth groups

Volunteer 
groups

Scientific 
community

Special 
interest groups
Q4e below - Visitor figure based on RSPB DoveStone, Eastern Moors and NT Longshaw.  
We expect the project area and partner sites to receive the same magnitude of visitors after the project, but 
current visitors will have an increased understanding of BoP populations in the Dark Peak and as a 
consequence value these birds more highly. 
4e Does your project involve heritage that attracts visitors?  
Yes 
How many visitors did you receive in the last financial year? 
650000 
How many visitors a year do you expect on completion of your project?  
650000 
4f How many people will be trained as part of your project, if applicable?  
100 
4g How many volunteers do you expect will contribute personally to your project? 
60 
4h How many full-time equivalent posts will you create to deliver your project? 
3. 
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