Salmon Pastures

Salmon Pastures Nature ReserveSalmon Pastures Nature Reserve

Following flood defence works to the Lower Don Valley flood defence works, Salmon Pastures nature reserve is now accessible to visitors once more - so why not come and take a look at this urban gem and our smallest reserve?

More information on the flood defence work

From post-industrial wasteland to a vital green corridor

Next to the River Don, amongst the industry of Attercliffe tucked alongside the Five Wiers Walk, this tiny but important wildlife haven has a variety of habitats in a very small area attracting many birds and insects. It is a great place to sit back and watch the many species of beautiful butterflies flitting between the flowers and warming themselves in the sun. Because of its closeness to the city centre and its unique mix of habitats that support myriad of birds and invertebrates, this reserve plays a vital role in Sheffield’s green corridor.

The locally rare Cheilosia mutablis is amongst the 22 species of hoverfly that have been recorded at the reserve, and there are also dragonflies, moths and butterflies, including gatekeeper and orange tip. Birds such as the mistle thrush, bullfinch, goldfinch and long tailed tit nest and feed in the woods, while kingfishers, little grebe, moorhens and mallards all live nearby, on the banks of the River Don.

For more information on walking or cycling on this route, please see The Blue Loop.

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

Management plan

The management plan and work programme for Salmon Pastures is available to download from the bottom of this page.



Salmon pastures map


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Salmon Pastures Management Plan, 2011 - 2018422.4 KB
Salmon Pastures Work Programme, 2011 - 201884.8 KB
Salmon Pastures maps1.59 MB
Salmon Pastures (and Crabtree Ponds) interpretation leaflet1.18 MB