Remember, remember the wildlife in December

Wednesday 29th November 2017

Robin, by Chris LawrenceRobin, by Chris Lawrence

A wander out into nature is a great way to make room for an extra mince pie, and think how much more will you appreciate a mug of mulled wine by the fire after a brisk walk on a frosty afternoon!

There’s still plenty to see out there too; look out for teasels attracting hungry goldfinches with their slim pointed beaks - perfect for getting seeds out of the spiky seed-heads. Up on Blacka Moor you may find a seasonally perfect majestic red deer, and the wetland areas like Woodhouse Washlands will be full of overwintering ducks like goosander. In the city centre, watch the skies as dusk falls to see starlings putting on spectacular murmurations as they prepare to roost.

Winter wildlife gardening

In the middle of this season of goodwill, don’t forget the wildlife! If you are gathering ivy and holly, make sure to leave plenty for our furry and feathered friends. They rely on the berries and shelter these plants provide to see them through the harsh winter months. Gardening for wildlife at this time of year is largely about providing shelter and food. A sure-fire way to attract birds to your garden is to put out food and water for them - keep it up until the spring and you’ll soon become a favourite dining spot! If you're over 50, you could join our Wild at Heart gardening group on Friday 1st at our Victoria Hall Garden to get some hands-on experience and learn more. It’s a good way to learn how to encourage more wildlife into your garden and get advice from our experts too!

Give the gift of your time

Giving the gift of your time is a brilliant way to help wildlife. Nature doesn’t stop just because the holidays are here! In fact, it’s the perfect time of year for us to do maintenance work on our reserves. As getting outdoors is proven to help improve your mental and physical wellbeing, you’ll be doing twice the good! With volunteer work days at Blacka Moor, Crabtree Ponds, Wyming Brook, Moss Valley Woodlands, Centenary Riverside, Woodhouse Washlands, Sunnybank and Greno Woods there’s a good chance there’s going to be one near you! Our friendly volunteers are always happy to see new faces.

Make the most of the daylight this December and get outdoors. Don’t forget to share your photographs with us on Facebook and Twitter too - we love seeing what you've spotted!

You can find out more details about all our events and workshops by visiting wildsheffield.com/whats-on or email nature.reserves@wildsheffield.com for more information about volunteering on your local reserve.