Wildlife fans urged to sign up to record sightings

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Wildlife spotters and walkers are being asked to take part in a scheme to record rare wildlife species across South Yorkshire.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has launched a new online recording tool called WildWalks, which allows users to log and map sightings of wildlife at conservation sites known as Living Landscapes.

Terry Smithson, trust operations director, said: “We are excited about WildWalks and hope it will appeal to everyone.

“It’s so simple. Users can choose to set up a new walk or pick one we’ve already created.

“Recording sightings will help us to map wildlife and, over time, monitor how it changes.

“Members of our community, whether expert recorders or keen amateurs, will be able to help us better target our landscape-scale conservation efforts to try and secure nature’s recovery.”

Mr Smithson said one of the sites in the Sheffield area includes the ‘Living Don’ area, which extends from High Green to Norton, and from High Bradfield to Treeton.

The scheme is being trialled by the trust in partnership with the British Trust for Ornithology.

n For details, visit www.ywt.org.uk/WildWalks