Wildlife awards honours for Dearne Valley

Pond dipping (left) are Alice Scherdel nd Luca Unwin, both six, with the centre's visitor experience officer Julia Makin. S0688LM. Above, enjoying Tuesday Tales with Bob and Chris Fitt, are Charlotte Hastie, six, and Erin, three, both from Kimberworth. Pictures: LIz Mockler. S0687LM

Pond dipping (left) are Alice Scherdel nd Luca Unwin, both six, with the centre's visitor experience officer Julia Makin. S0688LM. Above, enjoying Tuesday Tales with Bob and Chris Fitt, are Charlotte Hastie, six, and Erin, three, both from Kimberworth. Pictures: LIz Mockler. S0687LM

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WORK to save wildlife in the Dearne Valley has been praised by MP John Healey, Leader of Rotherham MBC, Councillor Roger Stone and Leader of Barnsley MBC, Councillor Steve Houghton.

They visited the RSPB centre at Old Moor to celebrate the clutch of awards that the Dearne Valley secured as part of the recent National Renaissance Waterways Awards run by The Waterways Trust and BURA (British Urban Regeneration Association).

The Dearne Valley was the winner in the recreation and tourism category. Old Moor attracts over 100,000 visitors a year and 43,000 visitors annually use the Trans Pennine Trail in the Dearne Valley. Other attractions include the nearby Manvers Waterfront watersports centre and a bike hire scheme.

The Dearne Valley Green Heart partnership were also winners in the Flood Risk Management category - for the innovative combination of creating new places for nature, improved access and flood storage areas.

They were runners up in the Natural Environment category and commended in the Partnership working category for their collaborative working with a range of partners and stakeholders to deliver the aims and objectives of the Dearne Valley Green Heart.

Pete Wall, Dearne Valley Green Heart Project Manager said, “The partnership aims to improve the Valley for people and wildlife by improving green spaces, connecting towns and villages to those spaces and increasing opportunities for people to get involved in looking after their Valley.”

Meanwhile, children took time out of their busy school holidays to enjoy pond dipping and Tuesday Tales at Old Moor.

James Brunt, from art collective Responsible Fishing UK was also on hand to show the art of stone balancing.

For details of future events at the centre visit www.rspb.org.uk