Below is a list detailing many of the sources of expert advice available in regard to local places and habitats, species, planning and development issues. If you need any further information, please contact us at email@example.com
CIEEM is a professional membership body representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers in the UK. You can use their site to find a suitably qualified ecologist to survey your site.
Our aim is to promote the beauty, tranquility and diversity of South Yorkshire’s countryside for everyone to enjoy now and in the future. Our roles include planning watchdog, principled campaigners, supporter of community groups, advocate for high standards in landscape and building design, and champion of sustainable countryside development.
Don Catchment Rivers Trust
The Don Catchment Rivers Trust works to involve local people in the conservation of the River Don, and encourage betterment of the River through contact with local government. Educational activities and conservation projects help the DCRT to reconnect the people of Sheffield with the River Don.
The Moors for the Future Partnership has been working in the Peak District and South Pennines since 2003 with three objectives: to raise awareness of why the moors are valuable and to encourage responsible use and care of the landscape; to restore and conserve moorland resources; and to develop expertise on how to protect and manage the moors sustainably.
The NBN Atlas is an online tool that provides a platform to engage, educate and inform people about the natural world. It will help improve biodiversity knowledge, open up research possibilities and change the way environmental management is carried out in the UK. The NBN Atlas is innovative because the combination of the multiple sources of information about UK species and habitats, and the ability to interrogate, combine, and analyse these data – in a single location – has not been done before, on this scale. It aims to facilitate learning about and understanding the UK’s wildlife.
RSC was established by a group of public and third sector partners to develop a response to the problem of litter and dereliction on the waterways in Sheffield. We now deliver work across the North including river maintenance contracts, volunteer days and advice for other organisations to improve waterways for communities and wildlife. We are a social enterprise which delivers professional waterway management contracts for riparian landowners, hard and soft landscaping capital projects and community projects involving local communities and volunteers – delivering a holistic , ‘stewardship’ approach to managing waterway issues.
A forum for birdwatchers in and around Sheffield with an active interest in ornithology. We aim to promote an interest in birds in the community, provide something of interest to all levels of birder, co-ordinate fieldwork and recording in the area, and work with and complement the work of like-minded local and national organisations for the benefit of birds.
Sheffield Biological Records Centre
The Sheffield Biological Records Centre (SBRC) is held and managed by the Ecology Unit of the Parks and Countryside Service, based at Meersbrook Park. It holds records on which species are found where in the Metropolitan District. SBRC is one of the oldest record centres in the UK and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014. The database consists of physical site records including reports, maps, original historical documents, photographs and, since 1990 a computerised database, which uses Recorder 6 software and comprises over 511,000 species records, including 133,000 records from Barnsley Records Centre.
SBRC’s function is to provide a secure archive for the wildlife and biodiversity records in Sheffield. It delivers a public records service for education, research and conservation and offers a fee-paying bespoke service to commercial customers such as environmental consultancies. Most of the SBRC information is in the public domain and our datasets contribute to the regional big picture on the NBN Atlas.
Sheffield City Council Ecology Unit
Tel: 0114 250 0500
The Sheffield City Ecology Unit is made up of a small team of ecologists, whose work includes providing ecological advice, comments and guidance to our departments, other organisations and members of the public,
ensuring the statutory duties with respect to wildlife and nature conservation are implemented across our services, managing the Sheffield Biological Records Centre, designating and reviewing 255 local wildlife sites within Sheffield, updating and implementing the Local Biodiversity Action Plan to conserve important habitats and species. The unit acts on a number of partnerships, including the Sheffield Local Biodiversity Action Partnership, Sheffield Moors Partnership and Dark Peak Nature Improvement Area Steering Group, providing guidance on our obligations in relation to Higher Level Stewardship schemes, undertaking specific projects to conserve, restore and enhance Sheffield’s ecology.
Sheffield City Council Planning and Development
SGSF provides a forum for Green and Open groups in Sheffield to come together to share ideas, knowledge and costs and have a powerful voice for the good of the communities we serve.
Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust
Submit your species sightings via our website to create records with local and national biological record centres. This will help us learn more about where species and habitats are, and will be taken into account in ecological reports in relation to local planning applications.
Sorby Natural History Society
The Sorby Natural History Society is a registered charity, formed in 1918 in honour of Henry Clifton Sorby (1826-1908). We are a forum for naturalists of all ages and abilities to meet, enjoy natural history, collect, store and share information, explore the Sorby Study Area and promote conservation of wildlife and geology. We have groups that organise events, such as lectures, field meetings, surveys and workshops, we produce several publications including a monthly newsletter and an annual Sorby Record and currently hold over 750,000 species records.
South Yorkshire Badger Group
South Yorkshire Badger Group are a registered charity (No. 1039884) and affilliated to Badger Trust.
We are dedicated to the welfare, conservation, study, monitoring and public awareness of badgers.
We liaise with police, RSPCA, wildlife organisations, councils, planners and individuals with regard to badger issues. We can offer advice to members of the public on badger related matters. We provide physical protection for vulnerable badger setts and fight against badger baiting.
The South Yorkshire bat group aims to further the study and conservation of bats in the South Yorkshire region. We have developed a database of bat records, trained members, supported projects suggested by members, assisted local planning Authorities and other bodies in matters relating to bats. We provide talks, walks and presentations for the public, and also hold meetings and events for members in training, roost visits, hibernation checks, and participation in the national bat monitoring scheme. We also provide a bat rescue and rehabilitation service run by bat group volunteers.
- Dore Village Society Swift Group
Dore Village Society are in the process of setting up a new swift group who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Heeley and Meersbrook Swift Group
Heeley and Meersbrook Swift Group have a small, low volume email list. To be added to their list or to find out more about the group, contact Sarah Blandy at email@example.com.
- S6 Swifts
S6 Swifts are taking action to help swifts in the Hillsborough, Walkley and S6 postcode area. To find out more and join their email list for more info, visit the S6 Swifts website: https://s6swiftssheffield.org
- S7 Swift Boxes initiative
Following the success of S7 Swifts, led and established by Lynne Chapman in 2021, Lynne has passed on the organisation of the initiative to Nether Edge and Sharrow Sustainable Transformation. NESST want to support the conservation of swifts in the Nether Edge and Sharrow area through the erection of swift boxes on people’s houses and other properties. The initiative will be fitting boxes for local residents in April 2022. If you live in the S7 postcode area and are interested in having a swift box fitted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in contact with more details.
- S11 Swifts – Ecclesall Swift Supporters
- Totley Swift Group
Wildscapes CIC Environmental Consultants
Wildscapes is an environmental consultancy providing services in Ecology, Land Management and Training. We manage multidisciplinary projects rich in wildlife, which deliver valuable social, economic and political benefits to local communities and the environment As a registered Community Interest Company, established in 2007 and owned by the Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, all of our profits are re-invested back into the charitable work of our parent company We work with all sectors, organisations and individuals who have a responsibility or interest to consider the environmental impacts of their work. Our services are designed to maximise the value of green spaces for our clients and their customers, and are delivered with a detailed sensitivity to habitats and conservation.