It's a BioBlitz this July!

Thursday 29th June 2017

At this time of year, it’s hard not to notice the wildlife all around – fruit is forming, young birds are trying out their wings, insects are buzzing about their business.

The long summer days are great for going on long walks and discovering new places, while the (hopefully warm) evenings are the perfect time to sit and see nighttime creatures going about their nocturnal business - bats, barn owls, and multi-coloured moths.

At Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust we want everyone to enjoy and understand the riches nature has to offer right here on your doorstep!

That’s why we’ve got loads of ways you can get closer to nature, from having a fun family day out in the forest, to testing your survival skills in the woods, or helping us look after our nature reserves.

Damsels and Dragons with Sorby Natural History Society

Maybe you’d like to learn about the locals with our friendly experts? Did you know that dragonflies were some of the first winged insects to evolve around 300 million years ago? Some dragonflies grew to an enormous size, with wingspans of up to two feet! You can find out more fascinating facts on Friday 14th July with our free dragonfly and damselfly workshop. Find out more

Wild at Heart nature photography

Or you could go dragon hunting with our Wild at Heart photography group on Thursday 27th July. They’re off to Potteric Carr to capture dragonflies on camera, meeting at our HQ at 37 Stafford Road (transport is provided). Find out more

Woodhouse Washlands' wonderful moths

If you’ve ever sat (on one of these mythical warm summer nights) watching moths and wondering what they do, then here’s something to ponder: some moths, such as the lunar and atlas moths have no mouth and cannot eat - their sole reason for living is reproduction. Living for just a week it’s a short but exciting life! Join our resident moth expert on Thursday 20th July for an incredible opportunity to go on a free guided twilight walk around Woodhouse Washlands nature reserve where you can find out more about the marvellous variety of moth species and their importance to our ecosystem. Find out more

Wild Play!

If you’d rather go down to the woods, you could be in for a big surprise! Our Wild Play crew are on the hunt – for butterflies and bees. It’s a great way to get out with the kids and reap the rewards of outdoor play - improved wellbeing and a chance they’ll go to bed before dawn! There are sessions at both Greno Woods and Ecclesall Woods at the end of the month. Find out more

Wild Side

Meanwhile on Thursday 27th July in the darkest depths of Greno Woods older children can learn how to survive in the wild, by building shelter and creating fire! Find out more

Sheffield BioBlitz

Finally, on Saturday 29th July, see out the month with our BioBlitz! Come along to Weston Park Museum to learn how you can get involved with the city-wide citizen science biological recording project. No lab coat required! We’ll also be launching a new Nature Counts exhibition at the museum. Meet us there and you can join one of our guided nature walks through the urban wildlife haven of the Ponderosa. Find out more

It looks like July is shaping up to be a pretty wild month!

Click here to book on any of the above events as well as more details about all our events and workshops, including regular volunteer work days at our reserves.