• Smithy Wood - Planning Committee meeting

    Wednesday 24th February, 2016

    The Sheffield City Council planning committee meeting scheduled to consider Smithy Wood has been postponed. Due to local council elections, it now appears likely that the relevant planning committee will not take place until June 2016.

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  • Responsible Bird Feeding

    Wednesday 17th February, 2016

    Goldfinch Feeding by Derek Moore

    Gardens can be a haven for wildlife during the ‘lean’ months. They provide an important source of food and shelter for all kinds of species, especially birds. With a little planning, you can turn your garden into a sanctuary for them and reap the reward of seeing wildlife thrive throughout the year.

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  • Signs and Portents

    Tuesday 26th January, 2016

    Snowdrops in the snow

    Spring often feels like a good time for looking forward and contemplating what the year ahead may hold. Even if it doesn’t much feel like spring at the moment, the beginning of February has long been a time of foretelling and forecasting.

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  • Otter sightings in Sheffield centre

    Tuesday 12th January, 2016

    Otters have been spotted living along the River Don in the heart of Sheffield. Signs of these rare and elusive creatures have been recorded all along the stretch of river, from Middlewood in the north west, along river banks near Meadowhall shopping centre, and further out towards Rotherham.

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  • Wildlife Trusts urge Government to drop the cull

    Monday 21st December, 2015

    Badger by Jon Bowen

    The Government today announced that it is suspending the sourcing of BCG vaccine for English badger vaccination schemes, that the 2015 badger culls were ‘successful in meeting their targets’ and confirmed it wants to see ‘badger control over a wider number of areas next year’, issuing new guidance to Natural England that significantly relaxes the current badger culling licence criteria.

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  • New railings for Crabtree

    Monday 7th December, 2015

    A team of students from Longley Park 6th Form College have been working with us to replace wrought iron railings at Crabtree Pond - their nearest local nature reserve.

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  • Lead poisoning continues

    Monday 7th December, 2015

    Wildfowl grazing

    5,000 tonnes of lead shot causes unnecessary damage to wildlife in the UK every year and enters the human food chain.

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  • Adventurous artist wanted for Undersea Art Award

    Wednesday 25th November, 2015

    Underwater artist award Chris Rose with lions mane jellyfish (c) Nicola Faulks

    The search is on for an intrepid artist who would like to take the plunge and seek inspiration beneath the waves. The Wildlife Trusts and the Society of Wildlife Artists fund an Undersea Art Award which pays for an established artist to learn to dive and then to work underwater off the UK coast, recording the wildlife of the sea. Applications for the 2016 award are now open! The winning artist will show their marine-inspired art at the SWLA’s exhibition in the Mall Galleries.

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  • Rother Valley gets makeover

    Wednesday 18th November, 2015

    Scrub clearance at Rother Valley Country Park

    Our land management staff and volunteers have been working with the ranger team at Rother Valley Country Park for the last three years to undertake practical conservation work.

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  • Help save our otters

    Tuesday 17th November, 2015

    Otters - one of our most charismatic mammals - were extremely rare and threatened with extinction during the 20th century. They are now finding a foothold in the heart of our urban territory but still need our help to thrive.

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