The Sorby Natural History Society, Sheffield

Covering a full range of natural history interests in Sheffield and the surrounding area, providing for both interested beginners and specialists.

The Sorby Natural History Society is a registered charity (number 518234), formed in 1918 in honour of Henry Clifton Sorby (1826-1908). We are a forum for naturalists of all ages and abilities to meet, enjoy natural history, collect, store and share information, explore the Sorby Study Area and promote conservation of wildlife and geology. We have groups that organise events, such as lectures, field meetings, surveys and workshops, we produce several publications including a monthly newsletter and an annual Sorby Record and currently hold over 750,000 species records. Read more…

Field Meetings in August 2018

Our August field meetings include: 01/08/2018 – Plants at Treeton Dyke, Treeton 01/08/2018 – Invertebrates at Barrow, nr Worsbrough 05/08/2018 – Plants at Highshaw Clough near Cutthroat Bridge 07/08/2018 – Invertebrates at Brockholes Wood, Crowden 09/08/2018 – Bats at... read more

Iolo Williams

Indoor Lecture. Iolo Williams – The Birds of Wales Joint meeting with Sheffield Bird Study Group. This lecture is open to all. Admission free to Sorby and SBSG members. £3.00 to non members. Wednesday 12th September 2018. Venue – Lecture theatre 3,... read more

Proceedings Volume 1 (1929)

In 1929, the then-named Sorby Scientific Society published its first journal, entitled Proceedings Volume 1. The journal contains interesting papers on a wide variety of subjects. Of particular note is Arthur Whitaker’s paper “Notes on the Birds of the Sheffield... read more

Membership Renewal

Membership subscriptions are due for renewal on 1st January each year. Please print-off a membership renewal form (PDF) and return it to to the treasurer with your... read more

Four Sorby Members in Slovakia September 2017

In September 2017 Sorby Members Carol Hobart and Rob Foster were in eastern Slovakia on a British Mycological Society meeting. Bob Croxton and Maureen Lee were on one of their regular visits to western Slovakia to visit family, but spent 4 nights in the same area as... read more

Recorders and Recording Schemes

The Society collects information about the wildlife and geology of the Sheffield area. Details of the society’s recorders and recording schemes can be found on…

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The Deceiver

The latest issue of the Sorby Fungus Group’s newsletter can now be downloaded from…

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