Wharncliffe Heathlands Trust  





Sheffield University Conservation Volunteers 2018 (see Archive)


Noctule bats October 2018 (see Archive).


Participants on the Sheffield Walking Festival on Wharncliffe Heath, September 2018 (see Archive).


Participants on the Sheffield Walking Festival on Wharncliffe Heath, September 2017 (see Archive).


One of the young Pied Flycatchers from a nest box on Wharncliffe Heath, being ringed and checked for health, 2016


What's Happening at Wharncliffe? May 2016 attendees (see Archive).


Members of the Hunter Archaeological Society and friends enjoying a refreshing lunch on Wharncliffe Crags, March 2016 (see Archive).


University volunteers clearing bracken brash as the first stage towards creating a varied herb layer in this area of wood pasture in the northern enclosure, February 2016 (see Archive).


The University of Sheffield Conservation Volunteers, October 2015, after some hard and wet birch bashing (see Archive)


The same glade after bracken clearance (see Archive)


One of the bracken-dominated glades tackled on 19/7/15


Clearing areas of bracken brash to encourage the growth of heathy wood pasture vegetation, December 2014


Martin E. King

Green Tiger Beetles making more Green Tiger Beetles. 18th May 2014. See Archive


Members of S Yorks Bat Group and Wharncliffe Heathlands Trust observing a Brown Long-eared Bat, one of five found in the same bat box on the reserve, April 2014


Smoke from cut and burning Rhododendron blocks out the sun on a day of sunny spells and hail showers. March 2014 (see Archive).


Wood-Pasture Generation. Sheffield University Conservation Volunteers cutting and raking bracken. March 2014


The result of a bracken clearing day, September 2013. We are hoping to turn parts of the reserve below Wharncliffe Crags into wood-pasture and heath.


An old coppiced oak is reduced from 5 stems to 3 during the gales of November 2013. There are many examples of such trees in Wharncliffe Wood, presumably coppiced to fuel the charcoal burners for the metal furnaces before coal was commonly used. Since coppicing ceased these trees have grown into large multi-stemmed specimens, and who can guess how old is the coppice stool.


Rufus and India Shetland cattle on Wharncliffe Heath, 2/11/13


Southern Marsh Orchid (left), Heath Spotted Orchid and Common Spotted Orchid (right) on YWT reserve Agden Bog, where our livestock are grazing to maintain and improve botanical diversity. Summer 2013


Female Noctule Bat found in one of the bat boxes, Oct 2013


Green Tiger Beetle on Wharncliffe Heath, June 2013. A voracious predator of other invertebrates and an indicator species of heathland


Lopping birch regrowth 7/4/13


Natterer's bat. One of 21 from a box on Wharncliffe Heath LNR 13/10/12


We have been working with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust to initiate grazing on their Agden Bog reserve near Bradfield. After years of work (both in the field and at the desk) two of our Shetland bulls were released onto the reserve at the end of September 2012. They will be on there for a short time, munching coarse grasses and rushes, and creating bare ground with their poaching, to allow the more delicate plants (Sundew, Butterwort, Heath Spotted Orchid etc) to thrive. We await to see the benefits over the coming years.


Emptying the moth trap on a damp morning in May 2012


Grass snake, Spring 2012


Viviparous lizard, Spring 2012


Smoke blocks out the sun on another very warm day to cut and burn Rhododendron! October 2011 (see Archive)


Tired but content after clearing birch on a very hot day in October, 2011 (see Archive)


Local Explorer Scouts and DoE candidates helped members of the local community and trustees at two conservation events in 2011 (see Archive).


Common Stinkhorn (Phallus impudicus), Wharncliffe Heath LNR, Oct 2010


Brown long-eared Bats in a bat box in Wharncliffe Heath LNR, October 2010


Derek Whiteley explaining the mysteries of the Sherman trap October 2009 (see Archive)


Wharncliffe Heath Bank Vole October 2009 (see Archive)


A Wood Mouse under close inspection Oct 2009 (see Archive)


"Dominic", the young Shetland bull, at Wharncliffe Heath,

July 2009.


Male Common Pipistrelle from one of the bat boxes on Wharncliffe Heath nature reserve, July 2009 (see Archive)



Male Soprano Pipistrelle from one of the bat boxes on Wharncliffe Heath nature reserve, July 2009 (see Archive).


Ken Dorning pointing out some of the geological features on Wharncliffe Heath LNR.


Hoof fungus ( Fomes fomentarius) on

birch, Wharncliffe Heath LNR, Autumn 2008


Young male Long-eared Bat. Autumn 2008


Male viviparous lizard. Spring 2008


The impact of one year's grazing on brambles in the new enclosure. The enclosure is on the left of the fence line. 30/03/08


Sheep and a late fall of snow. 23/03/08


University of Sheffield students get a day in the field as part of their studies 15/03/08


Birch Bash.

Shetland sheep and Yorkshire tyke

The top of Wharncliffe crags

The impact of grazing on birch on the heath. The grazed area is on the right of the fence.

Wharncliffe Crag

Shearing Hebridean sheep.


New born lamb April 2007


Clearing Rhododendron ponticum.

Visit by local MP Angela Smith, Member of the Select Committee on Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (right), accompanied by trustees Julie and Albin, with Paddy the dog, October 2007.






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