Author Archives: Debs

Please forward to anyone who may be interested

We are looking for a Data Analyst to join our @NERCBAF team and support a wide range of exciting studies here in @SheffieldAPS. For more details see Deadline to apply is 1st Oct.

Accommodation required January – July 2019

Dear all,

My name is Sara Peixoto and I will do an internship at University of Sheffield next year (2019), from January to July. I’m looking for a cheap place to stay near the university for that period, so if you have a room available or know someone who has, please contact me:

Thank you.

Best regards,


First footage of a wild otter in the Peak District !!

Sheffield Nature Fest – Western Park and Museum TOMORROW (Sat 29th July 10-4pm)

Join us as we celebrate all things nature, including nature stalls, birdwatching, bug hunting and arts and crafts.

Our groups work on Sheffield’s otters and their distribution and diet with be on display.

Experts will be on hand to show you how to help us record and identify plants and animals and enjoy wildlife in your own backyard.

11am-4pm: Craft activities with the Museums Sheffield learning team

11am-12pm: Minibeast Hunt – Paul Richards from Nature Counts shows you how you can become a citizen scientist! Paul will lead a guided walk round the Ponderosa to record invertebrates and help you to identify the mini-beasts you find.

1-2pm: Curator Talk on Garden Moths – Join Curatorial Assistant of Natural Sciences Gina Allnatt to hear about what kind of moths you might find in your garden, how moths are more diverse, and often more colourful than butterflies, and how to record and observe them

2-3pm: Minibeast Hunt – As at 11am.

For more details see –

Sheffield Bioblitz wildlife event, invite to showcase our research – 10th August

Is anyone interested in being involved in the first Sheffield Bioblitz ?

We have been invited and offered a gazebo and stall to share our knowledge of UK wildlife and show what we do in the lab to support wildlife studies and conservation.

Its for adults and experts as well as kids.
If you have any ideas or want to be involved – please contact Debs by Wednesday 19th.

The event will be at Sheffield’s Wardsend Cemetery on Thursday 10th August, 12am-3pm. The Don Discovery Bioblitz will celebrate the recovery of Sheffield’s rivers and the wildlife found in and around them. The day will involve free nature activities to engage the general public, such as a bird walk, invertebrate river dipping and more. So far we have Museums Sheffield involved (running a bat walk), the friends of the Blue Loop and the friends of Wardsend.

Peregrine viewing and talks – tomorrow evening (Friday 2nd June)

The peregrines are due to fledge tomorrow and to mark this, there will a free public talk on the Peregrine project will take place from 7-8pm in St George’s Church.

There will be speakers from the University’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, Sheffield Bird Study Group and Sorby Breck Ringing Group.

For more info see

Before the talk there will be a Peregrine watch from 6-7pm in the grounds of St George’s, with binoculars and telescopes available and the chance to ask questions.

Peregrine webcam:

Bank Holidays

Please note, the University will provide limited service provision on the following Bank Holiday dates:

Friday 14 April – Good Friday
Monday 17 April – Easter Monday
Monday 1 May – early May bank holiday
Monday 29 May – Spring bank holiday

The majority of buildings will be closed and locked down during these periods and will re-open the following normal working day at 8am.

Firth Court building and North Campus will be accessible and staffed throughout. The Information Commons and Diamond buildings will be open.

Society for Wildlife Forensic Sciences meeting in June 2017

Interested in applying your science degree to help combat wildlife crime? The Society for Wildlife Forensic Sciences (SWFS) is hosting an International meeting in Edinburgh from the 5th-9th June 2017. From the effects of the illegal wildlife trade on endangered species through to identifying poisons used to kill birds of prey, wildlife forensic techniques can be invaluable to investigators.

At the SWFS meeting there will be presentations from various specialisms, including wildlife DNA forensics, analytical chemistry, morphology and stable-isotope analysis. Workshops include “Introduction to Wildlife Forensics”, “Expert Witness Testimony”, “Field-based Analysis Methods” and “R for Forensic Genetics”. The International Symposium day will be opened by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham MSP, and includes a keynote presentation from Mr John Scanlon, Secretary General for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

We have special discounted rates for student registrations for the week, and one-day symposium, and if you were only interested in a half-day “Introduction to Wildlife Forensics” course it would only set you back £50.

If you have some research you would like to present, the abstract deadline is the 17th March 2017. Student scholarship application deadline is the 7th April 2017.

For more information, please visit our website:

If you have any queries, contact the organising committee on

We very much hope that you will consider joining us for the week, the 1-day International Symposium, or even just for a workshop! Spread the word to friends who may be interested in this meeting.

Kind Regards,

Lucy Webster

On behalf of the SWFS 2017 organising committee

Twitter tiny@SWFS3 #SWFS2017

Save Smithy Wood!

Join our peaceful protest on Saturday 18 March, 11.30am, outside Sheffield Town Hall.

We are once again calling on the people of Sheffield and Rotherham to help us save this ancient bluebell woodland from becoming a Motorway Service Area with fast food court, hotel and car park.

A decision will be made by Sheffield City Council on 28 March and we want to ask them loud and clear to refuse this inappropriate, opportunistic planning application that has received an unprecedented 1,023 objections!

How can you help?

1. Come along to the Town Hall on Saturday 18 March from 11.30am-12.30pm and join our peaceful protest! The programme is currently being developed but we can confirm Angela Smith MP will be one of the speakers.

2. Write to your local councillor – they will make the decision! Follow our instructions at

3. Share this post! We need as many local people as possible to come along to our peaceful protest and contact their local councillor.

Let’s see Smithy Wood become a natural, green haven for local people and wildlife rather than tarmacked over to become a car park! You can still make a difference if you act now…

Room available

Double-room available for rent in shared furnished terraced house in Walkley, Sheffield S6. Five-minute walk to nearest tram stop (Langsett Primrose View), 25-minute walk to University. Looking for responsible tenant for short-term let (up to 5 months). No smokers or pets. Available now. Rent is £370 inclusive of all bills, and includes use of:

Double bedroom

Shared use of kitchen, living room, bathroom and sizeable study room

On street parking


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