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17-27 September 2020

Salmon of Steel: The Story of Sheffield’s Salmon – Podcast

  • Podcast
  • Sustainability
Fri 25 September, 10:00am 15 minutes

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Ecologists from the University of Sheffield join environmentalists from the Don Catchment Rivers Trust to tell the story of the River Don’s Atlantic Salmon, and how pioneering research could help us track the recovery of this iconic species.

The project

Local historians, environmentalists and ecologists come together to celebrate the regeneration of the River Don and the return of the iconic salmon. Highlights include the Salmon of Steel  itself, a 7ft sculpture of a leaping salmon made by Scrap Metal Artist Jason Heppenstall; a beautiful trail map, illustrated by Sophie Carter; and a podcast, in which invited speakers reveal the story of the river. The project grew out of an earlier collaboration between the Don Catchment Rivers Trust and Dr Deborah Dawson, a conservation geneticist at the University, investigating the return of Atlantic salmon to Sheffield after an absence of 200 years.

Salmon story podcast contributors –

Sally Hyslop, Don Catchment Rivers Trust

Dr Ed Shaw, Don Catchment Rivers Trust

Dr Deborah Dawson, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

Dr Paul Parsons, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield

Sara Peixoto, Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, University of Sheffield (now at the University of Hull)

The Salmon of Steel exhibition is available to view online, and the sculpture is on display outside Sheffield Railway Station.