The Local Reserves Info section of the website deals with news, events and more detailed information about our local nature reserves. For maps, travel instructions and basic reserve info please visit the Reserves Map.
Notice: Due to the Lower Don Valley flood defence works, our Salmon Pastures nature reserve is inaccessible to visitors until early February. See here for more information.
We currently manage 12 nature reserves ranging from large moorland areas of international importance, to small city centre nature parks. These pages will help you find the ideal nature reserve to suit you.
Please note dogs are welcome on all our reserves, but should be kept on a lead during bird breeding season and around cattle.
To get in touch about any of our reserves please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 0114 263 4335
|Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust's Nature Reserves|
|Blacka Moor - Situated just outside Sheffield, this magnificent moorland is the largest of Sheffield Wildlife Trust’s nature reserves, containing 181 hectares of breath-taking scenery. It forms part of a much larger internationally important wild landscape which is designated as a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).|
|Blackburn Meadows - It's hard to believe that the beautiful lagoons on this stunning nature reserve were once occupied by Tinsley Sewage Farm. Managed by Sheffield City Council, with assistance from the Wildlife Trust, this site attracts a huge variety of birds (over 140 species have been sighted) including wigeon, teal and willow warbler.|
|Carbrook Ravine - This narrow valley, near the Sheffield Manor estate, used to form part of an extensive 16 hectare deer park for the gentry of Sheffield. The deer are gone now but the 6 hectare site is still home to plenty of wildlife and includes woodland, wetland and meadow habitats.|
|Carr House Meadows - These meadows are a rare example of the flower rich fields that were once a common sight in England. Amongst the tapestry of bluebells, yellow rattle and red and white clovers can be found scabious and orchids as well as the bright pink ragged robin.|
|Centenary Riverside - This 4.5 hectare wetland reserve sits next to the River Don on reclaimed steel works land. Part of Rotherham's Flood Alleviation Scheme the reserve's wildflower meadows are a haven for butterflies and other insects and the ponds attract a range of birds, mammals and bug life.|
|Crabtree Ponds - Starting life in the 19th century as an ornamental pond for Crabtree Lodge the reserve has a large area of standing water abundant with aquatic life. Surrounded by roads and in an urban environment the reserve is home to hawker dragonflies, smooth and palmate newts and many species of freshwater fish.|
|Fox Hagg - From this hillside reserve you can see the Rivelin Dams and the woods of Wyming Brook. Whilst it is a small reserve it boasts a patchwork of bilberry, bracken, heather, birch, woodland and moorland and is home to a variety of birds including tree pipits, redstarts and linnets.|
|Greno Woods - This 169 hectare woods has played a role in the local economy since the 1600s. Whilst it has been worked for centuries it is a peaceful piece of ancient woodland with many resident species including brown hares, badgers, bats and the common frog. There are many species of birds as well as being home to the rare shining guest ant.|
|Moss Valley Woodlands - In spring these ancient woodlands are carpeted in bluebells, sweet woodruff and wood anemone. A mix of wildflower meadows and ancient woods this reserve is home to butterflies, the occasional roe deer and many bird species including yellow hammers and woodpeckers.|
|Salmon Pastures - Nestling amongst the industries of Attercliffe this reserve plays a vital role in Sheffield's Green Corridors. This bijou reserve has a mix of habitats and is home to butterflies (including gatekeeper and orange tip), birds, invertebrates, dragonflies and over 20 species of hoverfly.|
|Sunnybank - Located behind a petrol station on Ecclesall Road this is one of the Trusts most visited reserves. A tranquil haven and an inner city part of the Sheffield green corridors this small reserve hosts aquatic and wetland plants as well as scrub and woodland. It is home to many species including the common frog, many butterfly species, dragonflies and pond skaters.|
|Wyming Brook - Once exclusive to Sheffield's nobility this former hunting and hawking grounds is now a protected area of streams, mossy crags and pines. Part of the Eastern Moors SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) it is home to an abundance of wildlife including the wonderfully named common lutestring and northern spinach.|
|Woodhouse Washlands - an ever changing tapestry of colours and textures throughout the seasons. The winter wetland attracts flocks of lapwing, which give way to a spring buttercup meadow. Then the early summer grassland and riverbank provides insects for swallows, swifts and martins, which feed over the area, giving spectacular displays.|