Sunnybank nature reserveSunnybank nature reserve

A scenic short-cut, for people and wildlife

Despite its small size and unlovely location (behind a petrol station at the end of Ecclesall Road) Sunnybank is the Wildlife Trust’s most visited nature reserve. It is a hugely valuable green space where people can find trees and tranquillity, away from the noise of the ring road. 

Sunnybank is particularly important for wildlife as it is the end of a green corridor which stretches through the leafy streets of Broomhill, to the Botanical Gardens and out through Endcliffe Park and Whitely Woods to the Peak District.

The pool at Sunnybank is surrounded by aquatic and wetland plants, and is home to several types of dragonfly, pond skaters and the common frog which is a UK threatened species. Look out for the ‘Frog Rescue’ posters in early September and come to help us catch frogs before the annual meadow cut.

The scrubby woodland and hedgerows provide plenty of food and shelter for the many birds that feed and nest here, while butterflies abound on the hay meadow in summer. Species to be found include the small skipper, green veined white, red admiral and common blue, while six spot burnet and cinnabar moths have also been sighted, along with foxes, hedgehogs and pipistrelle bats.

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

Reserve Advisory Group meeting

The next RAG meeting for Sunnybank will be an inside meeting on Thursday 25th January 2018, 6.00pm - 7.30pm at the Broomhall Centre, Broomspring Lane. More details can be found on our What's On page.

For further information or to be added on to the Sunnybank Reserve contact list please contact

Management plan

The five-year management plan and work programme for Sunnybank is available to download from the bottom of this page.

Sunnybank map


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Sunnybank leaflet678.47 KB
2012 small mammal survey644.49 KB
Sunnybank Nature Reserve Management Plan2015-2025 final506.91 KB
Sunnybank location and boundary map1.17 MB
Sunnybank footpaths map1.49 MB
Sunnybank Reserve Advisory Group Meeting notes 04_02_16204.95 KB
Sunnybank Reserve Advisory Group Meeting minutes July_2016215.1 KB