Hob Moor was declared a Local Nature Reserve on 21 April 2003 with a five-year Management Plan which was renewed in 2008. This was then superceded by a ten year Stewardship plan in 2010.
The 89 acres of Hob Moor are mainly unimproved pastureland, with a small area of raised sandy heath in the north-east corner.
Cattle graze on the main expanse of the Moor from May to October, as has been done for hundreds of years.
The habitat, made up of pastureland with two mown sports pitches, is perfect for skylark and meadow-pipit, both of which breed here. Many other birds can be seen, including an occasional kingfisher.
A great diversity of flora can be found on the Moor, including meadow and bulbous buttercup, common sorrel, pignut, lady’s smock and selfheal in the main area and sheep sorrel, heath bedstraw and tormentil on the sandy part.
There is a variety of habitats round the edge of the Moor, including a copse, hawthorn hedges, species-rich hedges and becks. This section provides more detail and background to this fascinating inner-city area.