Despite its small size and urban location (tucked behind a petrol station at the end of Ecclesall Road), Sunnybank is a hugely valuable green space where people can find trees and tranquillity, away from the noise of the ring road.
Sunnybank was also the very first reserve created by the Trust (then Sheffield City Wildlife Group) in 1985.
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 information in early September about how you can help us catch and protect 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.
Volunteer Work Days
Come and join in at our Community Work Days at Sunnybank. Get some healthy exercise and help us look after this tiny but fantastic nature reserve. It’s a great way to explore and get involved with the reserve.
We’ll be undertaking a variety of tasks including vegetation management, fence repairs and access improvements. Everyone is welcome, no experience is needed and we will provide equipment and training. Come along for the whole day or just for an hour or two.
Please email us or call 0114 263 4335 for more details. We will send a monthly email with tasks planned for the day and meeting points.