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Wildlife of our Waterways at Weston Park Museum – 2nd June 2010 Posted: 27/05/2010

\Kingfisher sighted in Wildlife at Wicker gameWant to find out more about the wildlife in the ponds, streams and rivers in South Yorkshire? Then the Wildlife in our waterways event at Weston Park Museum is for you! With events for children and adults over the course of the day, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

From 10am til 4pm, a set of family orientated activities and exhibitions will be run, including  two run by members of the URSULA Project:

  • Think you know your waterway animals and plants? Good at spotting wildlife? Well put your skills to the test and try to get the highest score you can with the Wildlife at Wicker Riverside game. In this activity for young and old, you get to explore an URSULA visualisation of Wicker in Sheffield populated by wildlife typical of rivers.  The challenge is to spot as much of this wildlife as possible, and add up your score to see if the kids are better than the parents. 100 points for a kingfisher!! 


  • In case you ever wondered what bugs are living in the rivers around Sheffield, this is your chance to find out at the Creepy crawlies of rivers stand, set up by the Don Catchment Rivers Trust. See the surprising variety of minibeasts that inhabit the world of flowing water up close and personal with a microscope, and give identification a go of these alien looking critters. Younger children can colour in pictures of creepy crawlies while older children can have a go at classifying the water quality of different river samples using the creatures they find in them.


And from 7pm to 8.30pm, for those wanting to venture more deeply into natural history, several talks will be held that will discuss the wildlife in the Don Catchment in more depth:  

  • Wildlife of the Living Don – John Paul Ward
  • Conserving Sheffield’s Crayfish - Suzannah Dangerfield
  • Fish and fishing on the Don - John Blewitt

Please book in advance by e-mailing or calling 0114 2782655.

To find out the location of Weston Park Museum click here.

We hope to see you there!