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Don Discovery Bioblitz at Wardsend Cemetery

10-08-17 12:00 - 15:00
1A Club Mill Rd, Sheffield S6 2FH, UK
Address: 1A Club Mill Rd, Sheffield S6 2FH, UK

Photo Credit: Howard Bayley

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 sally.hyslop@dcrt.org.uk 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.

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    Attendees will get a voucher for a free drink & cake to enjoy after the event at the Monkey Park cafe.
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    Free tickets available via eventbrite

     

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    Attendees will get a voucher for a free drink & cake to enjoy after the event at the Monkey Park cafe.
    Free tickets available via eventbrite

     

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    Booking essential … click here to book

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