Two items have been added to our deer survey and identification guide. The free downloads are from Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust's State of Nature 2018 report. The selected items focus on Sheffield's Deer population.
The downloads can found at the top of the introduction page to the guide: Deer Survey & Identification Guide
Reconstructing Gillfield Wood's Historical Setting
The SYBRG in association with Friends of Gillfield Wood have just completed a major Heritage Lottery-funded project exploring the history of Gillfield Wood, Totley, Sheffield and its surrounding area. Alongside archival research on the history of the site, including its industries, especially water management, the project set out to examine other aspects of the location. Extensive surveys were undertaken of hedgerows, veteran trees, waxcaps and allied fungi and ancient woodland indicator species.
The remaining project events are listed - a waxcaps survey day and the project finale, a celebratory open event with members of the group and displays, etc. All welcome.
The results of the project are now available at the Reconstructing Gillfield Wood's Historical Setting web site which is now online via the link, below.
Reconstructing Gillfield Wood's Historical Setting
Using Woodland Indicators & Reading Tree'd Landscapes
Workshops series (six events); various dates/venues April-June 2017
These six 1-day workshops are being run by SYBRG with support from Sheffield Hallam University and funding from BES. They are suitable for landscape archaeologists and historians, researchers and students; as well as ecologists with an interest in using indicators to interpret landscapes; and local volunteers. The workshops are designed to develop skills in using woodland indicator species to gain a greater understanding of the history within tree’d landscapes: ancient semi-natural woods (ASNW); planted ancient woodland sites (PAWS); wood-pasture and wood-meadows; and shadow woods. Each of the workshops is in a different location and includes site visits exploring a variety of tree’d landscapes in North Notts., East, South & West Yorkshire, and North Derbyshire. The locations take in sites with different underlying geology, climate and historical and present-day usage and management.
Information, venues details and online booking available on tghe event page: Using Woodland Indicators & Reading Tree'd Landscapes
Have you ever wondered how citizen science projects are created?
Do you want to learn how to engage the UK public with issues of environmental concern?
On 2nd February, a free, all-day training day will be held in Oxford, UK. It is funded by the National Environment Research Council (NERC) and will involve interactive sessions by speakers from UCL’s Extreme Citizen Science Department, the Zooniverse (Oxford University), EarthWatch and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.
Oxford Town Hall
This is a FREE event open to all.
For further details and booking, please visit the web page: Environmental Citizen Science
The next in our series of identification guides - The Peak District & Sheffield Area Deer Surveys and Identification Guide - is now available to view. This guide, split into two parts, basic and advanced - covers key identification and characteristics of those British deer species which are likely to be seen across South Yorkshire and the East Midlands.
This is in conjunction with the long-running and on-going deer survey. Full details about how to see and record deer deer are included along with survey downloads and useful links to help identify your deer!
Excitingly, the research and surveys have turned up a number of important ‘peat formers’ returning, but even more intriguing, a number of plants which the experts so far have been unable to identify with certainty. These may be unusual hybrids, as mosses and ferns can hybridise and this is one way in which new species may emerge. Alternatively, these could be peculiar forms induced by the former gross levels of air pollution, or even species ‘new to science’. A possibility is that some species are long-distance colonisers moving into this vacant niche from which the natives have been removed by pollution – and mosses can travel long distances as spores. We are now collaborating with UK and European experts to get to the bottom of this mystery – and the work may require genetic fingerprinting in order to resolve the identities.
For the Public - ‘Meet the Bog Mosses’: following successful days last year, you are invited to join us again to ‘meet the bog mosses’. Visit the project page for details, downloads and booking: Meet the Bog Mosses
Eco-Science & History in the Park
Shadow Woods, Deer, Waxcaps & Wood-pasture, Sphagnum mosses and more ...
Saturday, 21 May 2016, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
at Calver Village Hall
FREE to drop-in
We, SYBRG, will be launching our Eco-Science & History in the Park project at this 1-day event which covers a fascinating range of mini-survey projects that we are organising in 2016. These build on our long-standing project work across the local Peak District & surrounding areas and our new on-line survey guides. There will be talks and displays at the launch to explain the work and demonstrate the survey guides. More information about our projects can be found on the event web page.
The day itself is free but lunch can be pre-booked at £5, either by contacting us via the methods listed on the page or alternatively, book online.
The latest in our series of on-line guides - Waxcaps & Allied Fungi - is now live. Featuring a number of common and easy-to-identify waxcaps in Part 1, Part 2 goes on in a similar vein to the Sphagnum guide to introduce forms and variations plus a number of less-common but important species. The guide also includes a number of associated grassland species which may sometimes be confused with waxcaps, or typically share that habitat. The guide can be found here (it is also linked via Projects/Guides on the main menu).
Part 3 (currently in prep), will take identification a stage further, by introducing a further selection of species, more details on those covered, plus information and diagnostics at the microscopic level.
These guides are fully illustrated with slide shows illustrating all the key features and habitats.
We intend, in the near future, to produce these in hard copy too.
The Basic & Intermediate guides start here ...
The SYBRG team