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River Don Volunteer Day (Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster)
River Rother Volunteer Day (Chesterfield)
River Dearne Volunteer Day (Barnsley)
Volunteer Training Event
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  • Sprotbrough Eco Fest
    11:00 -17:00
    01-06-24
    Cannot determine address at this location.

    We will be at the Sprotbrough Eco Fest running a stall with fun activities! Come and talk to us, learn about the River Don and our exciting All Hands on the Don project! There will be lots of stalls and activities to get involved in with other organisations.

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  • Butterfly Transect Survey at Grassmoor Country Park
    12:00 -13:30
    03-06-24
    Grassmoor Country Park, Birkin Lane, Chesterfield, S42 5DA

    This year we will be conducting butterfly surveys at Grassmoor Country Park as part of the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme. Come along to our weekly session where we will be following a set transect line across the park, counting, identifying and recording what butterfly species we spot. 

     

    You do not have to have previous experience in butterfly identification as we will have a mixed ability group and visual training aids to help us in the field. 

     

    These DCRT led surveys will be occurring on the first Monday of every month. If you enjoy the transect, you could look at taking ownership of the survey once a month and contributing to our target of a full 26 week dataset! This will involve sending your observations to Charlotte at DCRT who will submit them to UKBMS. If you are interested in taking on this citizen science project, come along to this first session or contact Charlotte via [email protected] for more information. 

     

    IMPORTANT NOTE: Butterfly surveys are best carried out on bright sunny days so be prepared for this event to be cancelled in rainy weather. Please confirm your attendance via email so you can be notified of any changes. 

     

    When: Monday 3rd June 12pm – 1:30pm 
    Where: Grassmoor Country park, South car park off Birkin Lane
    What3words: https://what3words.com/ensemble.beards.germinate
    Google Maps pin: https://maps.app.goo.gl/6AgsChe7MeeauAu28
    What to bring: Wear suitable clothing for being outdoors and your own refreshments. If you have binoculars, bring them too!
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  • Hexthorpe Park – Balsam Bash
    10:00 -13:00
    04-06-24
    240 Urban Rd, Doncaster DN4 0HJ, UK

    Join the DOn Catchment Rivers Trust as we work to reduce the amount of Himalayan BAlsam on the Banks of the River Don at Hexthorpe Park. This day is a part of the All Hands on the Don Project.

    When: Tuesday 4th June 10am-1pm

    Where:  We will be meeting at the entrance to Hexthorpe Park at 209 Urban Rd, Doncaster DN4 0HH. What 3 Words: ///cats.amount.class. Google Maps Pin: https://maps.app.goo.gl/ixPMiyudBuMMqqNz8

    What to bring:  We provide all of the equipment on the day however please wear suitable clothing for outdoor work including sturdy shoes or boots and long trousers. We can provide wellingtons to borrow on the day but please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected] or contacting task leader Anthony Cox.

    Joining us? All are welcome however not all of our sites are completely accessible to all, please check the access advice bellow. Please let us know if you are coming as a new volunteer so we can plan accordingly by emailing [email protected] or contacting project volunteer Coordinator Anthony Cox 07384 543124.

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  • Sprotbrough – Dragonfly Species Identification Training
    09:30 -10:30
    05-06-24
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    Please sign up to this exciting training session by emailing [email protected]!

     

    Learn to identify dragonfly species – The Goldsmith Centre, Sprotbrough, 9:30am-10:30am

    A training session delivered by curator of natural science at Sheffield Museums and dragonfly expert Alistair McLean on how to identify, record and survey dragonfly species found around the rivers in the Don Catchment area.

     

    There is a scheduled survey at Sprotbrough Ings afterwards (11am-12:30am) if you would like to put your knowledge straight to the test, with refreshments and biscuits provided!

     

    Access:

    The room has a ramp and wheelchair access.

     

    Please contact us with queries on additional support needs

     

    To sign up email Rebecca at [email protected]

  • Sprotbrough – Butterfly and Dragonfly Survey
    11:00 -12:30
    05-06-24
    Cannot determine address at this location.

    Where: Sprotbrough Ings, Sprotbrough

    Parking: On-street parking on Newton Lane under the bridge, google maps link: click here

    Meeting location: On foot, take a right turn at the end of Newton lane, google maps link: click here

    When: 11am-12:30pm

     

    What to bring: Walking boots or wellies that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy! Bring binoculars if you have them.

    DCRT will bring the clipboards, survey forms and identification sheets.

     

    What to expect: Identifying butterflies and dragonflies can be tricky, so please ask if you are unsure and share your knowledge with others if you know any tips and tricks! These events are great opportunities to practice and learn ID skills, as well as contributing to county records

     

    Refreshments (hot drinks) provided at the end of the event.

     

    Joining us? All are welcome, including beginners. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing [email protected] or texting 07561588215.

     

    Sometimes events are cancelled due to flooding on the site or bad weather. 

     

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  • Shire Brook Nature Reserve – Balsam Bash
    10:00 -14:00
    06-06-24
    Cannot determine address at this location.

    Join the Don Catchment Rivers Trust alongside Sheffield Council, as we help to remove the invasive plant species Himalayan Balsam from the banks of the Shire Brook in Shire Brook Nature Reserve!

     

    When: Thursday 6th June 10am-2pm (NOTE the slightly longer session than normal. You are free to join for as long as you would like)

     

    Where: We will be meeting in the Car park at Shire Brook Nature Reserve (Shire Brook Nature Reserve Car Park, Stone Ln, Sheffield S13 7BR)
    What 3 Words: https://w3w.co/posed.tamed.marked
    Google Maps Pin: https://maps.app.goo.gl/VRbZA4GVpFQzgr257

     

    What to bring: We provide all of the equipment on the day however please wear suitable clothing for outdoor work including sturdy shoes or boots and long trousers. Even if it is warm weather, it is advisable to cover up to protect against spiky plants and stings. We can provide wellingtons to borrow on the day but please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected] to ensure we have your size. 

     

    What to expect: We will be walking along the paths along the river, pulling up Himalayan Balsam and leaving it in piles once we have snaped or crushed it below the bottom node. We will have a break at for refreshments and biscuits, provided by DCRT. With it being a longer session, you are more than welcome to bring along lunch. 

     

    Joining us? All are welcome however not all of our sites are completely accessible to all, please check the access advice below. Please let us know if you are coming as a new volunteer so we can plan accordingly by emailing [email protected] or contacting project volunteer officer Charlotte Landry-Jennings 07561588275.

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  • Wetland Bird Survey at Fishlake
    10:00 -11:30
    10-06-24
    Main Street, Fishlake, Doncaster

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Where: Great Ings, Fishlake
    Meeting at: On-street parking on Main Street down from the
    What three words: ///heaven.abode.portfolio
    Google maps link: click here

    When: 10am-11.30am

     

    What to bring: Walking boots or wellies that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy! Bring binoculars if you have them.
    DCRT will bring the clipboards, survey forms and identification sheets.

     

    What to expect: Identifying wading and wetland birds can be tricky, so please ask if you are unsure and share your knowledge with others if you know any tips and tricks! These events are great opportunities to practise and learn birding skills, as well as contributing to the BTO’s Core Counts records (read more about core counts here)
    Refreshments (hot drinks) provided at the end of the event

     

    Joining us? All are welcome, including beginners.
    Sometimes events are cancelled due to flooding on the site or bad weather, please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing [email protected] or texting Sally on 07780333743

     

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  • Burcroft Hill – Volunteer Day
    10:00 -13:00
    11-06-24
    Burcroft Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3EE

    Join the Don Catchment Rivers Trust as we work to clen up the River Don at Burcroft Hill in Conisbrough. This day is a part of the All Hands on the Don project.

    When: Tuesday 11th June 10am-1pm

    Where: We will be meating at the bottom of Burcroft Hill, Conisbrough, Doncaster DN12 3EE. What 3 words: ///drill.justifies.liver. Google Maps Pin: https://maps.app.goo.gl/SwaHEA3WDs81jpoTA

    What to bring: We provide all of the equipment on the day however please wear suitable clothing for outdoor work including sturdy shoes or boots and long trousers. We can provide wellingtons to borrow on the day but please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected] or contacting task leader Anthony Cox.

    Joining us? All are welcome however not all of our sites are completely accessible to all, please check the access advice bellow. Please let us know if you are coming as a new volunteer so we can plan accordingly by emailing [email protected] or contacting project volunteer Coordinator Anthony Cox 07384 543124.

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  • Nature Counts: Wardsend Cemetery Bird Survey
    10:00 -12:00
    17-06-24
    1A Club Mill Rd, Sheffield S6 2FH, UK

    Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, DCRT and the friends of Wardsend Cemetery have teamed up to collect Data for Nature as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Data for Nature project.
    We’ll be hosting monthly bird surveys in the Cemetery and on the riverside to help collect data and monitor birdlife in the area. If you have birding skills we’d really appreciate your help surveying, or if you are a beginner come along to practise your skills!

     

    Where: Wardsend Cemetery, Club Mill Road, End of Livesey Street, Sheffield
    What three words: https://what3words.com/grows.cross.spine
    Google maps link: click here

     

    What to bring: Walking boots or wellies that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy! Bring binoculars if you have them.
    DCRT will bring the clipboards, survey forms and maps.
    We recommend downloading the Merlin Bird ID app if you are a beginner to help with identification.

     

    Joining us? All are welcome, including beginners.
    Please let us know if you’ll be coming so we can plan accordingly – email [email protected]

     

    All data is recorded and can be viewed on the NatureCounts Website, Wardsend Cemetery Project.

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  • Meadow Survey at Grassmoor Country Park
    10:00 -13:00
    18-06-24
    Grassmoor Country Park, Birkin Lane, Chesterfield, S42 5DA

    Help us monitor the vegetation at Grassmoor Country Park to determine how it changes as a result of our natural flood management and habitat enhancement scheme. We will be doing plant surveys in and around the flood storage features, recording the abundance of particular species. Though some experience of plant ID would be helpful, it’s not essential so please do come along if you would like to get involved and learn about some of the plants found in the country park. 

     

    When: Tuesday 18th June 2024, 10am-1pm 

     

    Where: Grassmoor Country Park, South Car Park, off Birkin Lane

    What three words: https://w3w.co/fully.sheds.formal
    Google maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/Sx6kfj45rM2ESdMF8

     

    What to bring: Walking boots or other sturdy shoes, long sleeves and trousers recommended, waterproofs if rain is forecast, suncream, water and plant ID books if you have them.

     

    Joining us? All are welcome, including beginners.
    Please let us know if you’ll be coming so we can plan accordingly – email [email protected]

     

    Access on Site

     

  • Hexthorpe Ings – Balsam Pulling
    10:00 -13:00
    18-06-24
    Cannot determine address at this location.

    Join the Don Catchment Rivers Trust as we help to reduce the effects of Himilayan Balsam on the Banks of the River Don at Hexthorpe Ings. This day is a part of the All Hands on the Don Project.

    When: Tuesday 18th June 10am-1pm

    Where: Bramworth Road, Hexthorpe, Doncaster, DN4 OHW. What 3 Words: ///train.lived.wipes Google Maps Pin: https://maps.app.goo.gl/TyK3UW7JJmbQyjy89

    What to bring:  We provide all of the equipment on the day however please wear suitable clothing for outdoor work including sturdy shoes or boots and long trousers. We can provide wellingtons to borrow on the day but please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected] or contacting task leader Anthony Cox.

    Joining us? All are welcome however not all of our sites are completely accessible to all, please check the access advice bellow. Please let us know if you are coming as a new volunteer so we can plan accordingly by emailing [email protected] or contacting project volunteer Coordinator Anthony Cox 07384 543124.

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  • Fishlake – Butterfly and Dragonfly Survey
    11:00 -12:30
    19-06-24
    Main Street, Fishlake, Doncaster

    Where: Great Ings, Fishlake 

    Meeting at: On-street parking on Main Street, Google maps link click here

    When: 11am-12:30pm

     

    What to bring: Walking boots or wellies that you don’t mind getting a bit muddy! Bring binoculars if you have them.

    DCRT will bring the clipboards, survey forms and identification sheets.

     

    What to expect: Identifying butterflies and dragonflies can be tricky, so please ask if you are unsure and share your knowledge with others if you know any tips and tricks! These events are great opportunities to practise and learn ID skills, as well as contributing to county records

     

    Refreshments (hot drinks) provided at the end of the event.

     

    Joining us? All are welcome, including beginners. Please let us know if you plan to attend by emailing [email protected] or texting 07561588215.

     

    Sometimes events are cancelled due to flooding on the site or bad weather. 

     

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  • McGregor’s Pond – Balsam Bash
    10:00 -13:00
    20-06-24
    Cannot determine address at this location.

    Join the Don Catchment Rivers Trust as we help to remove the invasive plant species Himalayan Balsam from the banks of the River Rother at McGregor’s pond!

    When: Thursday 20th June 10am-1pm

    Where: We will be meeting in the car park off McGregor’s way outside McGregor’s pond.
    Address: McGregor’s Way, Chesterfield S40 2UB.
    What 3 Words: https://w3w.co/theme.option.candle
    Google Maps Pin: https://maps.app.goo.gl/RqB7ZfHuwT573dTD9

    What to bring: We provide all of the equipment on the day however please wear suitable clothing for outdoor work including sturdy shoes or boots and long trousers. We can provide wellingtons to borrow on the day but please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected] to ensure we have your size. 

    What to expect: We will be walking along the paths along the river, pulling up Himalayan Balsam and leaving it in piles once we have snaped or crushed it below the bottom node. We will have a break at 11:30 am for refreshments and biscuits, provided by DCRT. 

    Joining us? All are welcome however not all of our sites are completely accessible to all, please check the access advice below. Please let us know if you are coming as a new volunteer so we can plan accordingly by emailing [email protected] or contacting project volunteer officer Charlotte Landry-Jennings 07561588275.

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  • Warmsworth Cenetery – Balasam Bash
    10:00 -13:00
    25-06-24
    14 Heath Ct, Warmsworth, Doncaster DN4 9GE, UK

    Join the Don Catchment Rivers Trust as we help to remove Himalayan Balsam along the River Don at Warmsworth Cemetery. This day is a part of the All Hands on the Don project.

    When: Tuesday 25th June 10am-1pm

    Where: We will be meeting at the entrance to Warmsworth Cemetery, Guest Lane, Doncaster, DN4 9NX.
    What 3 words: https://w3w.co/whimpered.lollipop.decorator
    Google Maps Pin: https://goo.gl/maps/xHS87PNMaJo3WnTE8

    What to bring:  We provide all of the equipment on the day however please wear suitable clothing for outdoor work including sturdy shoes or boots and long trousers. We would also recomend you wear long sleaves to avoid being stung by nettles. We can provide wellingtons to borrow on the day but please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected] or contacting task leader Anthony Cox.

    Joining us? All are welcome however not all of our sites are completely accessible to all, please check the access advice bellow. Please let us know if you are coming as a new volunteer so we can plan accordingly by emailing [email protected] or contacting project volunteer Coordinator Anthony Cox 07384 543124.

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  • Walk Mill Island – Volunteer Day (must book)
    10:00 -13:00
    26-06-24
    Cannot determine address at this location.

    Join the Don Catchment Rivers Trust and the Friends of the Blue Loop as we help to clean up litter on Walk Mill Island in the River Don. 

     

    DCRT are teaming up with Friends of the Blue Loop who look after the stretch of river from Victoria Quays to Meadowhall. We will be using a ladder to go down the wall onto Walk Mill Island at Effingham Street, and hauling up the litter using ropes and ton sacs. Confidence/competence to use the ladder is required for this activity.

     

    For this event, please book on via Eventbrite, even if you are an existing volunteer. All are welcome to attend, this will just help us gauge how much equipment we need. 

     

    When: Wednesday 26th June 2024, 10am-1pm.

     

    Where: We will be meeting at the junction of Effingham Street and Furnival Road, S10 1AA. Free parking is available on Effingham Street. 

    Google maps: https://maps.app.goo.gl/JP4bq48nZjJy3PVb9
    what3words: https://w3w.co/flame.agenda.begin

     

    What to bring: We provide all of the equipment on the day however please wear suitable clothing for outdoor work including sturdy shoes or boots and long trousers. We can provide wellingtons to borrow on the day but please let us know in advance by emailing [email protected] or contacting task leader Charlotte Landry-Jennings. We provide a tea break for refreshments.

     

    Access on Site

  • Reading on the River walk
    16:30 -18:00
    26-06-24
    Cannot determine address at this location.

    Reading on the River!

    Join Heather from the Reader charity, that lead shared reading classes across Doncaster, for Reading on the River
    We will be completing a 2 mile walk around the River Don, Yorkshire Navigation and River Cheswold, with a shared poetry reading on route.

    Refreshments will be provided during the reading
    To book on please email [email protected] or text Sally on 07780333743

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