Wildlife on the Way!

The Don Valley Way is a trail that stretches from the centre of Doncaster to the centre of Sheffield. It’s a whopping 29 miles in total and takes you through some fantastic areas that flourish with wildlife. Explore the geology of Sprotbrough, the history of Mexborough, the heritage of Sheffield and more!

The wildlife on this walk couldn’t be more varied. With many species of dragonfly, a whole array of birds, and if you’re lucky you might even see a grass snake! The range of plants along this trail is absolutely phenomenal, with red campion lighting up the greenery to garlic mustard creating aromas.

Here’s a few of my personal favourites from the Doncaster to Mexbrough section of the walk:

1

Banded Demoiselle (Calopteryx splendens) – Mainly found along slow-flowing lowland streams and rivers, particularly those with muddy bottoms.
Credit: Joshua Laidlow

2

Common Blue Butterfly (Polyommatus Icarus) – Adults drink nectar from flat-headed flowers. Caterpillars eat wild, leguminous plants such as bird’s-foot trefoil, rest harrow and white clover.
Credit: Joshua Laidlow

3

Red Campion (Silene dioica) – Red Campion was used as a herbal medicine in order to treat snakebites!
Credit: Joshua Laidlow

4

Red Admiral Butterfly (Vanessa Atalanta) – This species of butterfly has only had its name since 1799! It’s names before that have been Admiral, Alderman, Admirable and Scarlet Admiral!
Credit: Joshua Laidlow

You can find the full list of the species that you can find here!

by Joshua Laidlow
Project Apprentice

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