How wood you like to help?

IF you go down to the woods you might get a surprise - or possibly a job.

The final session of Sheffield Wildlife Trust's Living Don - Rivelin Valley Restoration Programme is taking place on Sunday in Fox Hagg nature reserve.

Volunteers will be taking part in practical habitat conservation along the River Don catchment and green corridors of Fox Hagg nature reserve.

The project is in partnership with Rivelin Valley Conservation Group and Sheffield Council and funded by an award from The Veolia Environmental Trust through The Landfill Communities Fund.

The scheme has helped restore the Rivelin Valley, allowing wildlife space to migrate and hopefully survive the effects of climate change.

Work completed so far includes control of birch and bracken across the heathland, removal of invasive plants along the River Rivelin, conservation of native riverside flora and installation of bat boxes along the Rivelin Valley.

Community Wildlife Ranger Hannah Wittram, from the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham, said: "It's not too late to join us for a variety of practical conservation tasks on Fox Hagg Nature Reserve, where we'll be carrying out footpath maintenance and heathland preservation. It's a great opportunity to spend a day in the beautiful Rivelin Valley while giving us a helping hand conserving Fox Hagg."

Veolia Environmental Trust executive director Margaret Cobbold added: "It is great to see a scheme we have supported not only improve the area's biodiversity but restore the nature reserve for the whole community to use and enjoy."

Volunteers meet at 10am in Fox Hagg car park. For information email or call Hannah on 0114 2634335.

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