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Greno Woods is an ancient woodland, rich in wildlife and full of historic interest. Covering 169 hectares, it is one of our largest reserves and offers excellent opportunities for wildlife watching, exploration and recreation.

Acquired in 2012, Greno Woods is currently the only nature reserve the Trust owns outright (the others are managed on long-term leases). Although the woodland has been significantly altered by the introduction of non-native conifers in the 1950s, it remains a beautiful and peaceful place enjoy nature.

The woods contains some of the county's most vulnerable habitats, including mature oak woodland and heathland. Walk along the Trans-Pennine Trail in spring and revel in woodland wildflowers including bluebells, honeysuckle and common cow-wheat. Take a similar walk in summer and enjoy the ripe blackberries and billberries, whilst autumn reveals a profusion of fungi. Birdwatchers will be kept busy through all seasons.

The woods are criss-crossed by a network of footpaths and bridleways, and offer many opportunities for walks both long and short. If you prefer to enjoy the outoors at a faster pace, Greno offers excellent horse-riding opportunities including a 3km bridleway loop (which links with bridleways in adjacent Wheata and Wharncliffe Woods). Cyclists can also follow the bridleways, or pass through the reserve on the Trans Pennine Trail which runs through the woods here, whilst adrenaline seekers are invited to try our 3 downhill mountain bike trails, which include the famous Steel City run.

For those wishing to get off the beaten track, the reserve offers a number of orienteering courses. Families are invited to visit our den building area, find our geocache, or try our Greno Explorer challenge.

Please use the links below to learn more or plan your visit.

Woodland wildlife – learn more about the animals and plants found in the woods

Woodland management – for information about the Trust’s future plans for the woods and see what is scheduled for this year

History and Archaeology – discover Greno Woods’ fascinating past

Getting involved: the Greno Woods project – find out how to get involved with our work in the woods through work days, events or one of our fabulous learning opportunities

Planning your visit – for information about how to reach the woods, access, parking, and things to do. Includes information about the Wild Sheffield app and a downloadable map of the reserve.

If you need to get in touch with us about any of our reserves, please email or call us on 0114 263 433.

Bird Survey 2015

Tree Tit by Rob MillerBack in March 2015, volunteers and staff carried out a basic bird survey at Greno Woods. In the process of writing the Management Plan, we identified that we held no recent data on bird species in the site. We felt this was a great opportunity for the local community to get involved and use their birding knowledge.

After a short training session the volunteers walked three routes around the reserve between April and June, carrying out a “Point Count Transect” where they stopped at set points and counted/identified birds for five minutes within a 100 metre circle. Most of the surveys were done in the early morning but some were carried out at dusk.

50 species were recorded. The “top five” most frequently encountered were Wren, Robin, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Blackbird. Highlights included a pair of Cuckoos regularly seen and heard; plentiful summer visitors over the clearfell and heathland, including Willow Warbler, Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Tree Pipit, Meadow Pipit and Spotted Flycatcher; Woodcock and Tawny Owl in the evenings; and a good selection of woodland birds including Great Spotted Woodpecker, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Treecreeper and many others.

The full survey report is available to download here.

Photo Credit: Greno Panorama – Peter Wostenholme

For details about the latest thinning and felling works on site, this Autumn, please click here.