Get hands-on with nature!

Wednesday 30th August 2017

Taking a moment to record the good things about Sheffield using ShmappedTaking a moment to record the good things about Sheffield using Shmapped

September is a transitional month, when the endless hot summer days start to give way to crisper mornings and that indefinable scent of autumn. Trees tease us with the start of their spectacular autumn colour show, and wildlife is busy making the most of the bounty and preparing for the colder weather they know will come soon.

Guided walks

It’s a great time to get out for a wander in the wild and there is always plenty to see - if you’d like a bit of company try one of our guided walks. The Shmapped team are taking a walk through Greno Woods on the 23rd; join them to learn about this great project in some spectacular Sheffield scenery. If you are over 50, you could join the Wild at Heart gang on the 25th for an evening stroll bat hunting in Hillsborough Park.

Nature Counts

We really do have some special wildlife here in Sheffield; why not join us on the 5th as we reveal what we've found out about Sheffield's urban otters as part of our Otterly Amazing project in this joint talk with the University of Sheffield. You’ll also get to see some of the exciting footage that we've recorded! If your tastes are more esoteric, then maybe we can tempt you to take a workshop to learn about a critter which, although it has eight legs, is not a spider! Discover more about them on Thursday 7th, with a free Nature Counts workshop with Paul Richards, who wrote the FSC field guide to harvestmen!

Nature reserves

We work hard to protect our wildlife and we think everyone should have the chance to get up close to nature. Crabtree Ponds is a little gem of a reserve tucked away in the heart of the city, and it’s the focus of some of our hands-on nature experiences you can get involved in. On the 16th you can assist as we survey small mammals, and on the 29th it’s our annual frog rescue event! Help us collect frogs to keep them safe before we cut the hay, then bring the kids to meet them before we release them.

If you find yourself with a few spare hours now that the children are back at school, consider giving us a hand at one of our nature reserves, or come along to our wildlife gardening sessions. It’s a great way to meet people and get all the benefits of being outdoors. If you’d like to know more about how we manage our reserves, come along to one of our regular reserve user groups. We’ll tell you about our plans, and we love hearing your thoughts. The meetings at Woodhouse Washlands on the 13th and Blacka Moor on the 23rd are walkabouts through the reserves, so you can get a real feel for the work we do. Moss Valley Woodlands Reserve Advisory Group meets at Coal Aston village hall on the 27th.

An evening with a natural history presenter

Finally, discover the perils of presenting wildlife television as The One Show’s nature presenter Mike Dilger is the guest speaker at our AGM on the 21st! All Trust members are invited. Book online.

Have a wild September!

You can find out more details about all our events and workshops by visiting Email us at for more information about volunteering and reserve advisory groups.