Jul 19 2017

Hear from Gina Allnatt, our Curatorial Assistant of Natural Sciences, about an exciting day of NatureFest activities coming soon.

Sheffield is one of the greenest Cities in the UK. We have the most trees per capita, loads of parks and woodlands and, if that wasn’t enough, there is a National Park within the city boundary. Fittingly, Sheffield has many voluntary groups dedicated to the preservation, monitoring and management of our green spaces. To celebrate Sheffield’s natural heritage, on Saturday the 29th of July 2017, we are hosting an event called Sheffield Naturefest at Weston Park Museum.

NatureFest poster

The purpose of the day is to highlight some of the amazing work that is being done to keep Sheffield green and encourage visitors to the museum and park to get involved with their local wildlife groups. The event brings together many of the local heroes who look after our wildlife and wild spaces in a celebration of all things nature-related in Sheffield.

There will be stalls where you can chat with experts, have a go at bird watching and arts and crafts activities. There’ll be microscopes and curator talks, bug hunts and, later in the evening, a bat walk. Museums Sheffield staff will be on hand to allow visitors to handle some of the specimens from the museum’s collections that are normally behind glass. Perhaps most importantly, there’ll be the chance to find out how to get involved with your local wildlife groups.

In short, there’ll be something to do for people of all ages! 

Also on the 29th of July we will be opening a new display called Nature Counts. The display, developed by Museums Sheffield and Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, showcases the work of the Heritage Lottery Funded Nature Counts Project. You can learn about the otters that live in the River Don, how to tell the difference between British bluebells and non-native varieties and find out what nature means to some of the people of Sheffield.

 None of this would be possible without the support of our local wildlife groups. A massive thank you to all those getting involved. If you are involved with a group and are interested in getting a stall at Nature Fest, please contact Gina Allnatt, Curatorial Assistant (Natural Sciences) at

Image: Top: Discovering minibeasts © Faye Chamberlain and Museums Sheffield.

Image: Bottom Left: NatureFest poster © Museums Sheffield






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