Professor Ian Rotherham is an expert on a range of environmental issues, including urban wildlife, extreme weather, flooding and climate change. He has published extensively in academic journals, and has released a number of books on UK wildlife and the environment. He writes regular columns for local and regional newspapers and has a weekly phone-in on BBC Radio Sheffield and has advised and appeared for national news and documentaries.


  • Environmental history and landscape change
  • Climate change and its impacts
  • Environmental policy
  • Countryside management and regional economic impacts
  • Wildlife – invasive and alien species, urban species and recombinant ecology
  • Biodiversity and ecology
  • Extreme weather and flooding
  • Nature conservation, sustainability and regional economic impacts
  • Tourism, leisure, sport events and regional economic impacts
  • Peak District

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Ian works extensively with the media as a writer, broadcaster and as a specialist commentator on key environmental issues. He has advised documentaries such as BBC Horizon, and has advised and appeared in BBC Panorama and on all major news channels. He regularly works with the BBC Radio 4 Natural History team and the BBC Radio 4 History Programme. He has also advised and appeared for Countryfile and BBC Spring Watch / Autumn Watch.

Visit Ian’s website at www.ukeconet.org

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  1. anthgraham says:

    Hi Ian

    Thanks very much for verifying the plant I took a picture of at Salmon Pastures last week as the invasive species, Giant Hogweed.

    Needless to say I was pretty alarmed by the find as I’ve never seen it on the Don before. I did know of a small clump that has recently appeared near The Broadfield pub on the river Sheaf but didn’t think it would have travelled downstream so quickly.

    I’ve been out to get an idea of how much of it there is and taken images of several sites I’ve since found along the Sheaf and as far down the Don as the 5 Weirs Walk footbridge below Newhall Road. Here are the links to the snapshots which were taken with GPS tags so you should also be able to pinpoint their location via the google map on the right hand side.

    Sheaf https://plus.google.com/photos/104766045378872297644/albums/6026035642624786625

    Don https://plus.google.com/photos/104766045378872297644/albums/6026333832970456705

    Fingers crossed Sheffield’s river-conservation volunteer group ‘SPRITE’ may have the capacity to treat the plant which, at the moment, appears to be in very early stages of colonisation.

    Given that human contact with the plant can cause burning of the skin and even blindness, I’m sure you’ll agree that this is another invasive plant species alongside Japanese Knotweed and Himalayan Balsam that we could really do without!

    Any thoughts?

    Best wishes

  2. I was informed recently that all the beautiful Cherry Trees on Grange Crescent Road which is just off the top of Cemetery Road; the whole road full of beautiful Cherry Trees Amy has planned to cut down.

  3. mark conway says:

    How can I fight the muppets cutting trees down on Rustlings Road!Help! Is it too late

  4. Mark Conway says:

    Dear Ian,
    Written to Julie ‘I love destroying Division street’ and begged.. Gonna write to my man Cleggi now


  5. Rachel Barrow says:

    Dear Ian,
    I would like to thank you for your efforts over the Sheffield trees.
    I have written to as many people as I could.
    What I would really like to say to you, as a much more effective voice than mine, is that Sheffield City Council has pinned notices across the road from my flat declaring their intention to put a preservation order on 4 or maybe 5 trees that the owners of those flats are intending to cut down in order to save costs… sounds familiar?
    While I applaud their intentions, and have written in support of their claim that the loss of these trees would negatively impact the environment, view etc, I fail to see why they do not apply this principle to those trees now in the captivity of AMEY. (Amey who cut down my huge laburnum tree at 7.30 in the morning in the rain and then sent me a bill for £800).

    Best wishes

  6. Jamie says:

    I’ve just discovered a false widow infestation on the outside of the southern wall of my house in the west of Surrey. They match verified images of the species perfectly – size, colour, and markings. They are definitely not missing sector orb weavers, and I am confident that they are not lace webs/weavers.

    There are two or three under each sill of six windows, where the builder has left a small gap into a space behind the bricks. And yet it is very cold outside – about 3 degrees Centigrade, with a bit of a chilly wind too. So much for them needing to head indoors for winter warmth!

    I have a couple of small children, and one has a number of acute medical problems. This makes me unapologetically highly risk averse, so I am going to kill them and check the sills at least once a week.


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  8. cmsgc2 says:

    Does Amy have a tree felling licence?

  9. ecogran says:

    Dear Professor Rotherham,
    I am searching for a paper you penned on the moving of Beighton Marsh during the construction of the A 57 link Road.
    My sister is involved with a community action campaign in Kingslynn Norfolk, there is a great similarity between the two as the council want to drain a peat big to build a new access road into the town along side 300 houses.
    I said that I would try to find out more.
    If you could let me know were I can find the Paper I would really appreciate it.
    Kindest regards
    Sylvia Sellars Beighton
    P.s You may remember me from the ‘Stop them in their tracks” campaign.

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