The creation of three new ponds at Beauchief Former Nursery.
The creation of six new ponds within Leeshall Wood and at Graves Park.
The restoration of a historic pond within Gleadless Valley.
The creation of three new ponds and restoration of two at Woodhouse Washland nature reserve.
The creation of six new ponds around Ecclesall Woods
Overview of the Sheffield Living Waters project
This SITA Trust funded project uses existing data on great crested newt distribution in the south of Sheffield in order to create and restore habitats, especially in locations where great crested newts are no longer found. Survey work carried out by Froglife and Sheffield City Council in spring of 2013 revealed a declining local population of great crested newts, with many local extinctions at several sites where this species used to be present in previous years.
The main cause seems to be the declining quality of remaining aquatic habitats, with several ponds silted up, over-shaded or colonised by predatory fish. Extensive habitat work will focus on increasing the number of ponds in public sites with previous great crested newt records. This will hopefully result in enlarging the population size at each site, better spatial coverage and more possibilities for dispersal between sites. In addition, this project will include surveys to monitor the colonisation and distribution of great crested newts and to allow evaluations of how successful the project has been. The project was supported and made possible with help from the Sheffield City Council.