NATURE lovers in Barnsley can expect to see a few more kestrels, hedgehogs, voles, butterflies and grasshoppers which are thriving from a new approach to grass cutting in the area.

Selected areas of grass on some informal parkland locations maintained by Barnsley Council are being allowed to grow longer between cuts to increase the abundance of native wildlife.

The Dearne Valley Green Heart (DVGH) area was chosen by the government in 2012 as one of the 12 English national Nature Improvement Areas (NIAs) to run as three-year pilot areas. This project has been supported by Defra, DCLG, the Environment Agency, the Forestry Commission and Natural England.

Cabinet spokesperson for Development, Environment and Culture, Cllr Roy Miller, said: "This work is great news for native wildlife and local people in our part of the valley. It supports the great work of our partners who are creating new nature reserves and improving farmland."