Where the wild things are

Thursday 27th July 2017

The lazy, hazy days of August are almost upon us, and the air is filled with summer scents - fresh mown hay, hard baked earth, and the tang of ozone after a summer storm.

Swallows and swifts are still darting over fields and waterways, making the most of the abundance of insects, and just like that that, school is out for summer. Your first thought might be, ‘wonderful, lots of time to spend with the kids’, but if your second thought is ‘but what are we going to do to fill all that time?’ then don’t panic - we’ve got lots to encourage the small and noisys (and the large and sullens) to spend some time engaging with the natural world!

Wild Play & Wild Side for kids

On a hot day, woodlands can be a cool refreshing haven - just think of it, leaning against a tree in the emerald dappled shade, while you dangle your toes in a deliciously cool, babbling stream. On the other hand, with our Wild Play family fun sessions they can also be a place for exciting adventures, hunting for mini-beasts, and making natural art, or how about making friends with a tree? Wild Play sessions take place at both Ecclesall Woods and Greno Woods throughout the summer and there’s always something going on to fire the imagination. For young people aged 8-13, go to Greno Woods where our enthusiastic team will teach them survival skills like shelter building, natural fire-starting and woodland crafts at our Wild Side sessions.

Shmapped!

If you fancy keeping track of how wildlife and green spaces make you feel, then our new project is perfect for you! Shmapped is an app that lets you map your favourite green spaces and the things you love about nature as you walk. The information collected will be used to inform future planning decisions, hopefully leading to greener built environment for everyone to benefit from in the future. Join us for some wonderful guided walks; an afternoon stroll at Meersbrook Walled Garden (including the Bishop’s House!) on Monday 14th, an evening wander around Bingham Park on Tuesday 15th, or join us for a community picnic at Mount Pleasant on the 21st to learn more about how to use the app and what we hope this exciting new project will achieve!

Wildlife ID courses

At Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust we want everyone to enjoy and understand the riches nature has to offer right here on your doorstep, which is why we are running some introductory wildlife identification courses. You can learn more about species identification, ecology and survey techniques. On Monday 7th it’s all about moths with Ben Keywood, and on Wednesday 16th Jon Goodrick will run a workshop on bats. On the 19th you can learn all about shieldbugs on a free workshop with the Sorby Natural History Society - the diversity of shieldbugs locally has been expanding due to climate change and new species could turn up any time!

Enjoy your August, and don’t forget the wildlife!

You can find out more details about all our events and workshops by visiting wildsheffield.com/whats-on