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Wed 31st Jan at 5:00pm
Last century, when George Orwell visited Sheffield, he had this to say about it ...
Even Wigan is beautiful compared with Sheffield. Sheffield, I suppose, could justly claim to be called the ugliest town in the Old World: its inhabitants, who want it to be pre-eminent in everything, very likely do make that claim for it. It has a population of half a million and it contains fewer decent buildings than the average East Anglian village of five hundred. And the stench! If at rare moments you stop smelling sulphur it is because you have begun smelling gas. Even the shallow river that runs through the town is-usually bright yellow with some chemical or other.
Well George, Sheffield, and its river, has changed considerably!
Part of that is due to the work of the Don Catchment Rivers Trust - https://dcrt.org.uk
Now GG Sheff are helping DCRT by inspecting the 8 fish passes on the Don between Steel Bank and Meadowhall each month to ensure they are flowing freely.
This is a great task and a really interesting way to learn about our city, the history of the river Don and the wildlife it supports.
Kudos to Celine for forging the link between GG Sheff and DCRT, and for setting up this mission on a monthly basis 👏
Sun 28th Jan at 9:00am
Goodgymmers across the country took an hour out of their weekend to watch their garden for an hour and help the RSPB track bird populations. Well done everyone!
I (Rachel) picked an hour of mostly heavy rain, which probably wasn't in my favour, but meant I got to snuggle in an oodie in the conservatory feeling snug and smug.
Paul - "As I wasn’t expecting to be in the same place for an hour I combined it with a gardening task on Friday. It was a clear sunny day and while some food had been left out, the feathered visitors were not that frequent though. 19 were spotted, mainly pigeons, plus a robin who I have seen there before, along with a few sparrows and a Great Tit who disappeared as soon as the neighbours dog came out."
Gwyn and Tracey from Derby, as last year, visited each others gardens - "Gwyn was able to photograph some birds, whilst I'm only able to take pictures of things that don't move very quickly. We did the RSPB bird watch together twice; at Gwyn's house on Friday, and then at my house on Saturday, so were able to submit two lots of results whilst drinking lots of tea."
Anita - "I logged parakeets, blue tits, a robin, a collared dove and a magpie in a West London garden. I also spotted sanderlings, oyster catchers, gulls, crows and a magpie (and learnt to differentiate waders) in Wales but I don't think the view of a sliver of Swansea Bay really counts as a 'garden'."
Dave - "It was really interesting and made me take much more notice of what different types of bird arrive in the garden.
I was amazed to see a Long Tailed Tit and Siskin (I think) but boringly my garden seems to be most popular with Blackbirds!"
Sarah went for a walk with her son on the transpennine trail getting him engaged in nature.
Naomi - "I was just visited by 2 pigeons, although they flew off before I got a photo! I have cats, so don't encourage birds into our garden, as much as I love them. However I do get to see lots of birds in our neighbour's tree, safely out of the cats' reach!"
Mon 29th Jan at 4:38am
Thank you for listing this Rachel. I logged parakeets, blue tits, a robin, a collared dove and a magpie in a West London garden. I also spotted sanderlings, oyster catchers, gulls, crows and a magpie (and learnt to differentiate waders) in Wales but I don't think the view of a sliver of Swansea Bay really counts as a 'garden'.
Mon 29th Jan at 9:40pm
Great work everyone. I did my hour twice and saw only one blue tit. :( there's usually more than that!!!
Tue 30th Jan at 5:45pm
Weldone! Great listing, lots from GG Leicester got involved, I only saw 2 Pigeons I blame the neighbours cat for visiting