December 2020
We hope you're looking forward to the festivities at the end of this month as much as we are!  Although celebrations might look a little different this year, we wish you all a good break and run up to the big day!

December is not only about the mince pies, however. It's also the month when salmon spawn in our rivers, creating the next generation. Reports of salmon in the Don have been flying in, so in this issue we explain how you can help us record the return of the salmon, by submitting your sightings to us via the new Salmon Recorder! Read on to find out more...
Volunteer Christmas Celebration
A reminder to make sure to register a place on our Christmas event for staff, trustees and volunteers of DCRT. We'll be celebrating online this year and have some great activities planned!
Online Art Workshop: Nature Photography with Lucie Maycock, Sat 12th Dec @2pm
Make sure to book your free ticket
(click here)

Beginner's workshop - learn to take a great photo!

Hosted in partnership with Kakou as part of the Hidden Heritage Secret Streams walking trails project.
Enter our Photography Competition!
Salmon Recorder
It’s that time of year again where migratory Salmon return to our rivers to spawn. After some evidence of salmon migration in the Upper Don last winter, our team eagerly awaited this year's migration. And it's looking good with reports of salmon flying in!

To record Salmon data we have set up a new page on our website where you can submit evidence of Salmon sightings. They can be recorded if caught (please note it is currently the closed season for salmon fishing) or if seen from the river banks, but you must submit a photo of the fish, so we can verify if it is in fact a salmon. The salmon in the photo above was spotted by Catchment Officer, Matt Duffy on a stroll around the river - so it's well worth going out and having a look!

If you do spot a salmon please submit your sightings via our new
Salmon Recorder online form. The records you provide will help us better understand the salmon's return.
Salmon Recorder

What does it mean to restore Atlantic Salmon,
a keystone species, back to the Don Catchment?

So now that we’re starting to see signs of salmon returning to the Don catchment after 200 years of being absent, what value will this bring to the area aside from the intrinsic value of restoring species back to their natural home?

Salmon are considered to be a keystone species – much like beavers. A keystone species is one that has a disproportionate effect on the ecosystem relative to its proportion and is considered an essential element to the healthy functioning of their native environment. Without keystone species the ecosystem would be completely different or not exist at all....
Secrets of the Stream...
How to spot a fish redd in the river
At this time of year it's important to not trample any possible trout or salmon redds (their nests) whilst wading in the river. Catchment Officer Matt Duffy explains what a redd is, how they are made and how to spot them in our latest video.
Helpful Hedgerows
The next stage of our farm NFM scheme down by the Rother on the other side of the railway track to Hunloke Country Park is now underway with some hedgelaying! This traditional management technique which involves bending and partially cutting the tree stems, has been practised for hundreds of years with many regional variations in style. Originally used as a means to mark boundaries and contain livestock, hedgerows deliver a whole suite of benefits including provision of vitally important habitat for wildlife, helping to reduce runoff and the risk of flooding as well as soil erosion and loss. Many hedgerows have disappeared over the years for a variety of reasons, one of which is poor management. Hedgelaying can be stark looking at first but it helps to fill gaps and encourage new growth, keeping the hedge thick, bushy and healthy. A roughly 160m stretch along the footpath will be laid so keep an eye out and see how it develops over the coming years. 
Beetls of the Riverbank    on Friday 11th December, 11am-2pm
gn up via the zoom link here.
Join Katy Potts, Biodiversity Officer at the Natural History Museum, for an introductory online training course on 'Beetles of the Riverbank' and find out how beetles are adapted to life on the water's edge.
What is Mudlarking?
A mudlark is someone who scavenges the riverbank for items of value. The term was coined to describe those who scavenged in this way in London during the late 18th and 19th centuries, looking through river mud at low tide on the Thames to find anything of value. With raw sewage, broken glass and animal corpses littering the shores, mudlarkers in the 18th century were often working in filthy conditions and were considered some of the poorest of society. Nowadays it's the sport of hobbyists looking for historical artifacts along the riverbank - ceramics, clay pipes, coins and glassware.

Want to try it? You'll need a pair of wellies, some protective gloves, plus knowledge of an accessible muddy spot along the riverbank (note that if it's private land you'll need to get landowner permission). It's best to visit when the river is low and the bank is exposed. Make sure to give your artifacts and hands a good wash after!

Some examples found in the river Don by Stevenson Road in Sheffield.
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