The Sheffield Living Water Phase 2 project, which kicked off in May 2016 and came to a successful completion in June 2018, delivered a range of habitat and public engagement activities. The project consisted of four inter-linking elements:
Habitat work on seven heathland sites which aimed to create four new ponds, restore seven ponds and enhance 16 terrestrial habitats. By project completion we had exceeded these targets, creating five new ponds and restoring nine. Significant improvements to heathland areas on all sites were also achieved.
Open days were held at two sites to engage the local community and encourage them to take action for the conservation of our native amphibians and reptiles. These were hosted at Parkwood Springs on 29th July 2017 and Shirebrook Nature Reserve on 5th August 2017, where a range of activities including pond dipping and wildlife walks were on offer.
Volunteer training was offered, delivering theoretical and practical training sessions to existing volunteer groups and the wider local community.
Tadpoles in the Classroom activities have been undertaken at six schools, delivering a total of 52 school and site sessions involving 267 school children.