Don Discovery BioBlitz

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Thursday 10th August

Wardsend Cemetry, Sheffield, S6 2ET

Become a wildlife explorer for a day and discover what’s living right on your doorstep by joining in at your local BioBlitz event. Our team of experienced naturalists and wildlife watchers need your help to find and identify as many different species of birds, bugs, plants and beasties as we can before the clock runs out. Just like a real scientific expedition, everything we find will be documented and passed on to local and national databases that monitor our local wildlife. With interactive activities for kids, grown-ups, beginners and experts alike there is something for everyone at a BioBlitz.

Start – 12AM on 10th August

Finish – 3PM on 10th August

What’s happening

At the Don Discovery BioBlitz you can explore the amazing Wardsend Cemetery as we celebrate the incredible recovery of the river and spot the fascinating wildlife that lives alongside it.

Drop in and see us on the day between 12 and 3pm for some amazing activities including:

  • River Dipping with the Friends of the Blue Loop
  • Otter Investigation with Dr Deborah Dawson from the University of Sheffield and Moors for the Future
  • Bug Hunting with Don Catchment Rivers Trust and Moors For the Future
  • The History of Fish in the Don Talk by Chris Firth (MBE) (12.30-1pm)
  • Nature Tracks and Trails (slugs, snails and mammals) with Val and Bob Clinging from Sorby Natural History Society (1-1.30pm)
  • River Bird Walk with Don Catchment Rivers Trust (2-2.30pm)
  • Arts & Crafts Activities including fly-tying
  • Evening Bat Walk with Alistair McLean, Curator of Natural Science at Museums Sheffield, and Kate Denton, bat researcher from the University of Greenwich (8.30-10pm – email to reserve a place on the bat-walk).

Getting here

Wardsend Cemetry can be found on Club Mill Road, at the end of Livesey Street, Sheffield (S62HF). Walk down the river-side path to find the entrance to the cemetery on your left. The Bioblitz will be held on the ruins of the old chapel. Bioblitz guests can park for free at the nearby Owlerton Stadium, a short walk down Livesey Street from the cemetery.

The site is partly accessible (steep paths and hilly areas may not be accessible to those with mobility issues)

Get in touch

Enormous thanks to everyone involved in running this special event including…

The Friends of Wardsend Cemetery, The Friends of the Blue Loop, Museums Sheffield, The University of Sheffield, Sorby Natural History Society, Heritage Lottery Fund, Owlerton Stadium.