Ribbit! Lend a frog a helping hand

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FROG rescues and conservation tasks will be among community events taking place at a Sheffield nature reserve over the coming months.

Sunnybank Nature Reserve, between Ecclesall Road and Broomhall, is one of the smallest sites managed by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham.

The tiny urban meadow area was created in the 1980s on a vacant former housing plot.

Every year the grass needs cutting, horseradishes harvesting, frogs rescuing and land tidying, which provides locals with an opportunity to help out at the green space.

On Wednesday, August 31, people can have a go at making horseradish sauce from plants that grow naturally on the site.

And on Monday, September 5, frogs in the meadow will be rescued from lawnmower blades ahead of the grass being cut.

To allow a wildflower meadow to flourish next year, people can also help with clearing away grass cuttings for composting on September 8.

All events run from 10am to 3pm, but people can drop in whenever they are able during the session.

To attend, meet by the frog sculpture at Sunnybank Nature Reserve, off Broomhall Close - postcode S11 8JD. Volunteers should wear outdoor clothes and shoes, and bring food and water if they plan to stay all day. Call 0114 263 4335 for more details.

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