10am-1pm Join Don Catchment Rivers Trust in making the area around the canal/riverside of Tinsley a bit tidier. Location: Meeting on the canal side of the bridge next to Tinsley/Meadowhall South tramstop (approx. postcode – S9 1EA) What to bring: We will provide all necessary equipment and refreshments. All you need to wear is appropriate outdoor clothing. Contact : Matt Duffy for more information on email@example.com or 07825911973 / 01302 796173
Discover the incredible nature that lives in the wild Wardsend Cemetery and on the river Don. Find as many different species of birds, bugs, bats and beasties as you can before the day runs out!
In partnership with the Friends of Wardsend Cemetery, the Blue Loop, Sorby Natural History Society, the University of Sheffield & Museums Sheffield. Don Catchment Rivers Trust are celebrating the recovery of Sheffield’s rivers and the return of amazing wildlife, with a day of interactive nature activities for kids, families, beginners and experts – a Don Discovery Bioblitz
Drop in and see us on the day between 12 and 3pm for free nature activities including: ● River Dipping with the Friends of the Blue Loop ● Otter Signs and Spraints Investigation with Dr Deborah Dawson and Dr Natalie dos Remedios (University of Sheffield), Amy Withers (University of Leeds), Sara Blackburn, Ben Keywood & Jayne Scally (Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust), Sarah Proctor, Joe Margetts and Barry Soames (Moors for the Future Partnership) ● Bug Hunting with Don Catchment Rivers Trust & Moors for the Future Partnership ● Arts & Crafts Activities and fly-tying
Walks & Talks with wildlife experts throughout the day ● (12.30-1pm) History of Fish in the Don Talk with Chris Firth MBE ● (1-1.30pm) Nature Tracks and Trails – looking for small mammals, slugs and snails with experts Val and Bob Clinging from Sorby Natural History Society ● (1.30-2pm) Butterfly & Bee walk with Ben Keywood from Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust and Joe Margetts from Moors for the Future Partnership ● (2-2.30pm) River Bird Walk with Don Catchment Rivers Trust
● (8.30-10.00pm)Evening Bat Walk led by Alistair Mclean, the Curator of Natural Science for Museums Sheffield and bat expert Kate Denton from the University of Greenwich. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a place.
Parking is limited on site but Bioblitz Guests are able to park for FREE at Owlerton Stadium, a short walk away on Livesey Street. To reach the Cemetery please use the postcode S62ET and follow the road to the end of Livesey Street. Children under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. The site is only partly accessible with steep hills and some uneven ground.
Led by Alistair McLean (Curator of Natural Science for Museums Sheffield) and Kate Denton, Bat expert from the University of Greenwich, this evening walk along the River Don will involve detecting and identifying bat species with specialist equipment as they fly and forage above the water. Look out for the rare & wonderful Daubenton’s bats, which fly inches from the water’s surface to catch their insect prey! Remember to bring a torch and wear sensible shoes/clothing for an evening walk.
email email@example.com to reserve a place and for more details. This walk may be cancelled in the event of rainy weather.
The bat walk is now fully booked but you can join us at Wardsend in the day for many other Bioblitz walks, talks and activities!
All are welcome to come and help clean up this local heritage site. Litter picking equipment and drinks will be provided, but please wear sturdy shoes or wellingtons, as we will be cleaning up the pond areas.
Accompanied children are welcome. There is no need to book, but if you can drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org that will let us know how many packets of biscuits to bring!
This is a partnership event between Love Where You Live, RMBC and DCRT, with funding from Shanks CSR fund.
We will be litter-picking along the entrance to Kilnhurst Ings off Hooton Road in Rotherham, 10am-1pm. Regular volunteers are invited to a volunteer lunch and meeting afterwards to decide on our upcoming volunteer days!
Remember to wear suitable clothing for outdoor work and sturdy shoes. We will have a break for refreshments and snacks mid-way. Park on Hooton Road near the entrance to the Ings.
Youngsters can book in for an introduction to fishing taster session. This activity is being sponsored by by the Canal & River Trust, who will also have their ‘Explorer’ educational activities on site. THIS ACTIVITY IS NOW FULLY BOOKED.
Don Catchment Rivers Trust will be unveiling the new ‘Don Valley Way’ walking trail and heritage walks.
‘Wyre Lady’ will be running free 1 hour trips at 10:30am, 12 noon and 2:00pm.
There will be community stalls so you can explore what is happening on the river – Don Gorge Community Group, River Stewardship Company (with displays about their work on Invasive Species), the Environment Agency Flood Resilience team, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and local wood carver Andy Rounthwaite.
Trans Pennine Trail will be leading a family bike ride, a walking circus & free bike maintenance. For information about Trans Pennine Trail activities at the event please click here
The 219 & 219a bus from Doncaster Interchange stops in Sprotbrough village two times per hour. Event car parking can be found at The Boat Inn and at Sprotbrough Country Club on Main Street.
All equipment will be provided but please wear warm clothes, sturdy shoes and bring waterproofs. We will bring the tea, coffee and biscuits! We offer volunteer expenses for public transport and vehicle mileage.
Meeting point: In the Asda overflow car-park, situated behind the supermarket and next to the entrance to Aldwarke lock (see map for details)