Fox Hagg

Fox Hagg Nature ReserveFox Hagg Nature Reserve

A recently extended patch of heathland and woodland, neighbouring Wyming Brook

Perched high on a hillside overlooking the Rivelin Valley is one of our smallest nature reserves. From its peace and quiet, looking out over the hills, you can see for miles, over the Rivelin dams and the woods of Wyming Brook further up the valley. Fox Hagg’s own varied and dramatic scenery is as stunning as the view, with its patchwork of bilberry, bracken, heather, birch, scrub, woodland and moorland. This huge range of habitats attracts a wide variety of birds including meadow and tree pipits, redstarts and linnets and a number of warblers which flit between the scattered birch and the woodland edge. 

Once managed as a holly hagg, when the soft spikeless upper leaves of holly were cut for winter fodder for sheep and cattle, Fox Hagg is now managed to maximise wildlife. Where once grazing sheep maintained the heathland, now small areas of scrub are cut on a five year cycle, and bracken is controlled to allow heather to grow. Remnants of holly can still be seen in the gulley around the stream called Allen Sike, and along the north edge of the nature reserve.

Reserve Advisory Group meeting

The next Reserve Advisory Group (RAG) meeting for Wyming Brook and Fox Hagg will be held on Thursday 18th Feb, 7pm - 9pm. We will be meeting in St. Lukes Chruch, Blackbrook Rd, S10 4LQ. This meeting is open to all members of the local community and users of these nature reserves to discuss upcoming management plans, and raise any issues or concerns.

For further information, please contact  An update from the previous meeting can be downloaded from the link at the bottom of this page.

Fox Holes Plantation Appeal

We have recently taken this area of former conifer plantation, adjacent to Fox Hagg, into our care. Help us to restore Foxholes plantation, rejuvenate this woodland and heathland habitat and take a step forward in our work to reverse the decline in wildlife that is happening all around us.

Please send cheques to 'Sheffield Wildlife Trust', marked on the back: 'Foxholes Plantation'.  To donate through Virgin Money Giving, please visit:

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Wyming Brook & Fox Hagg leaflet1.76 MB
Update from Wyming Brook & Fox Hagg Reserve Advisory Group meeting, 5th February 2015269.59 KB
fh_rag_update_july_2015.jpg1.21 MB