New Year, New Ideas

Monday 15th January 2018

Get closer to nature this January. Photo by Matthew Roberts

If you’ve already given up on your New Year's resolutions, don’t despair. Think differently; instead of giving things up, why not try adding the joy and wonder of wildlife to your life?

Natural health

Getting outdoors and taking time to notice what’s around you has been shown to improve physical and mental wellbeing. For a gentle introduction to the ‘Natural Health Service’ join our Wild at Heart team at our Natural Health Evening on Thursday 18th to discover five easy ways to wellbeing this winter. Try out natural mindfulness and find out how connecting with the nature on your doorstep can really help beat those winter blues.

Winter tree identification

If self-improvement is your aim - or you’d just like to tell your ash from your elbow - then treat yourself to our Winter Tree ID workshop on Friday 19th and learn the secrets of tree identification in winter. On this day-long course you’ll work with the expert ecologists from our Wildscapes team in the classroom before going out to practice your knowledge in the field.


A recent study has shown what we knew all along - volunteering outdoors is good for you! Alongside the benefits of being in green spaces, you can make new friends, see where you can make a difference and get some healthy exercise without even noticing! We’ve got volunteer work days all over the city, at Blacka Moor on Thursday 18th, Woodhouse Washlands on Friday 19th, Wyming Brook & Fox Hagg on Sunday 21st, Sunnybank on Wednesday 24th and Greno Woods on Friday 26th. If you’d like to get a feel for volunteering before jumping in, find us at the Woodhouse Washlands work day between 10-11am and chat to our friendly staff about volunteer taster sessions.


If you’d like to know more about nature right in the heart of Sheffield, join us for a meeting of the Sunnybank Reserves Advisory Group on Thursday 25th. It’s a great way to discover more about this precious inner city reserve, learn how it is managed and ask any questions you might have. We love hearing your views and ideas!

Making the most of the outdoors in January is a great route to a relationship with nature that will stay with you for life. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and share what you’re doing out there - we love to see your wild life in action!

You can find out more details about all our events and workshops by visiting or email for more information about volunteering on your local reserve.