One of the few remaining areas of unimproved farmland around the moorland fringes, Hammond's Field forms a small part of the South Pennine Moors Special Protected Area (SPA). Rich in wildlife, this semi-improved wet pasture has an interesting mosaic of habitats enclosed by traditional drystone walls.
Hammond’s Field is generally very wet in winter as evidenced by large areas of soft rush and smaller clumps of sphagnum moss.
Field wood-rush and grasses such as Yorkshire fog, common bent and marsh foxtail are very much in evidence. Other common species include creeping buttercup, cuckooflower, heath bedstraw and tormentil.
The field is important for wading birds such as curlew, snipe, redshank and lapwing, both in the breeding and wintering seasons. A scrape has been excavated for their use. A large number of common toads and smooth newts have been found hibernating in the old dry-stone wall on the southern boundary. It is thought they spawn in the adjacent drainage ditch along with breeding invertebrates including common hawker dragonfly.
Visit in April for a lovely show of delicate pink cuckooflower.
Management is focused around the control of soft rush, with work mostly taking place where grazing with cattle occurs during autumn when there is least disturbance to breeding birds and ground flora. In the past the site has been drained and the Trust is now working to reverse this.
There is no access to the field itself, but a viewing area has been created at the south west corner at the end of the approach track.
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A bus service runs to nearby Lodge Moor. The nearest train station is in Sheffield.
On the western outskirts of Sheffield, adjacent to the Redmires Reservoirs, 1.5 miles to the west of Lodge Moor. From Sheffield, take the A57 Manchester road, turning left at Crosspool. Alternatively at Rivelin Mill Bridge take Lodge Lane uphill to Lodge Moor, turning right to Redmires Reservoirs. Access is along the conduit path opposite the Upper Reservoir. The car park is 200m beyond the conduit path at the corner of the reservoir. There is a small layby for vehicles with disabled passengers.
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