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.


SIG Hoverfly Workshop

The SIG Hoverfly Workshop held in September 2015 at Elsecar, in association with the Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership.


Indoor Meetings

All indoor meetings (except meetings of Sorby Council) are open to all members irrespective of the content, as all members are automatically members of all Groups. Non-members will also be made welcome to attend the meetings and will be encouraged to apply for membership if they wish to return for more!

Indoor meetings normally start at 7.15pm and close around 9.30pm. The venue for each meeting is given in our monthly newsletter. Many meetings take place at the University of Sheffield; the most frequently used venue is the Hicks Building on Hounsfield Road, S3 7RH. Please ask the porter on reception if you are unsure of the room number.


Field Meetings

To attend field meetings, you need to become a member of the Sorby Natural History Society. If you wish to sample what we have to offer before joining, please feel free to attend one of our lectures or indoor meetings.


Species Identification Workshops

Species identification workshops normally require advance booking – details are given in our monthly newsletter (see below).


The Sorby Newsletter

Full details of all our activities can be found in our monthly newsletter, which is distributed free of charge to all members by post or by email. Click here to find out how to become a member and receive the newsletter.


Outline programme for 2018 – 2019

Additional meetings will be organised throughout the year and where possible, late amendments, additions and cancellations will be announced on this website and in the Sorby Newsletter.

Date Location/Description Leader(s) Type
13-Apr-18 Field meeting: Botanical Walk in Woolley Wood, Sheffield. Roger Butterfield BOT
14-Apr-18 Field meeting: Mosses in Graves Park, Sheffield. Joan Egan LIC
21-Apr-18 Field meeting: Mosses Ambroise Baker & Joan Egan MOSS
28-Apr-18 Workshop: Mosses. Ambroise Baker & Joan Egan MOSS
28-Apr-18 Field meeting: Bluebells in Shirtcliffe Valley, Sheffield. Pat Howells BOT
28-Apr-18 Field meeting: Hairy Dragonfly Hunt at Potteric Carr, Doncaster. Alistair McLean SIG/GEN
29-Apr-18 Field meeting: Ledsham Banks and Fairburn Ings, West Yorkshire. Ken Balkow & Roger Butterfield BOT/ORN
11-May-18 Field meeting: Manor Fields Park, Sheffield. Roger Butterfield BOT/GEN
12-May-18 Field meeting: Lichens at Budby Heath, Nottinghamshire. Craig Levy LIC
13-May-18 Field meeting: Plant recording in SK28 near Bamford, Derbyshire. Ken Balkow BOT
19-May-18 Field meeting: Thorne Moors with YNU. YNU GEN
24-May-18 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
26-May-18 Field meeting: Kepple’s Field & Scholes Coppice (joint meeting with South Yorks Botany Group). Louise Hill & Bob Croxton BOT
02-June-18 Field meeting: Trees at Whitworth Park. Joan Egan BOT
03-June-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Woolley Colliery, near Darton. Derek Whiteley SIG
06-June-18 Field meeting: Millers Dale, Derbyshire (joint meeting with Plant Gall Society). Tom Higginbottom & Norman Bamforth BOT
08-June-18 Field meeting: Urban Botany in the Lower Don Valley, Sheffield. Roger Butterfield BOT
14-June-18 Survey of Railway Stations in the Dearne Valley (with DVLP). Roseanna Burton & Derek Whiteley SIG
15-June-18 Survey of Railway Stations in the Dearne Valley (with DVLP). Roseanna Burton & Derek Whiteley SIG
16-June-18 Field meeting: Water Vole Walk. Val Clinging SMG
28-June-18 Field meeting: Dragons, Damsels, etc at Woodhouse Washlands. Alistair McLean SIG/GEN
28-June-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Leash Fen. Derek Whiteley SIG
29-June-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates in DWT’s Wye Valley nature reserves. Derek Whiteley SIG
30-June-18 Field meeting: Lichens at Crowden Great Brook. Steve Price LIC
02-July-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Potwell Dyke Meadows, Nottinghamshire. Derek Whiteley SIG
07-July-18 Field meeting: Botany at Woodhouse Washlands. Chris Doar GEN
11-July-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Dunford Bridge. John Coldwell SIG
11-July-18 Field meeting: Moth-trapping at Barrow Colliery. Jerry Brown SIG
12-July-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Deep Dale DWT Reserve. Steve Price SIG
13-July-18 Field meeting: Botany at Carbrook Ravine, Sheffield. Chris Doar BOT
14-July-18 Field meeting: Lichens at Hay Dale, Derbyshire. Steve Price LIC
18-Jul-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Barnsley Main Colliery. Derek Whiteley SIG
20-July-18 Field meeting: Botany at Highshaw Clough. Jean Glasscock BOT
22-July-18 Sorby Centenary Grid Bash. Alistair McLean GEN
24-Jul-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Cudworth Common, Barnsley. Derek Whiteley SIG
28-July-18 Field meeting: Botany and Butterflies at Wardsend Cemetery, Sheffield. Roger Butterfield BOT
01-Aug-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Barrow Colliery, Barnsley. Jerry Brown SIG
05-Aug-18 Field meeting: Limestone Dale Walk. Jean Glasscock BOT
07-Aug-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Brockholes DWT Reserve. Steve Price SIG
09-Aug-18 Field meeting: Daubenton’s Bat Count at Wardsend, Sheffield. Alistair McLean SMG
10-Aug-18 Field meeting: Wild Annuals of the Botanical Gardens. Ken Balkow BOT
15-Aug-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Phoenix Park, Thurnscoe. Derek Whiteley SIG
25-Aug-18 Field meeting: Trees at Hutcliffe Wood Garden of Remembrance, Sheffield. Joan Egan BOT
02-Sep-18 Field meeting: Invertebrates at Cudworth Common, Barnsley. Derek Whiteley SIG
06-Sep-18 Survey of Railway Stations in the Dearne Valley (with DVLP). Roseanna Burton & Derek Whiteley SIG
06-Sep-18 Field meeting: Dragons, Damsels, etc. at Woodhouse Washlands. Alistair McLean SIG/GEN
06-Sep-18 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
09-Sep-18 Field meeting: Dearne Valley Country Park (joint meeting with Plant Gall Society). Tom Higginbottom BOT
12-Sep-18 Lecture: Welsh Birds (joint meeting with Sheffield Bird Study Group). Iolo Williams GEN
14-Sep-18 Field meeting: Fungi and Plants in the Lower Rivelin Valley, Sheffield. Michael (Ziggy) Senkans & Julie Westfold FUN/BOT
15-Sep-18 Field meeting: Mosses in Bradford Dale, Derbyshire. Joan Egan & Norman Bamforth MOSS
29-Sep-18 Field meeting: 100th Anniversary Fungus Foray at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. Carol Hobart & Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
04-Oct-18 Survey of Railway Stations in the Dearne Valley (with DVLP). Roseanna Burton & Derek Whiteley SIG
06-Oct-18 Fungus Day at Shire Brook Valley Visitor Centre, Woodhouse. FUN
07-Oct-18 Field meeting: Fungi at Wardsend Cemetery, Sheffield (joint meeting with Friends of Wardsend Cemetery). Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
7 Oct-18 Field meeting: Live mammal trapping (joint meeting with Friends of Gillfield Wood) Val Clinging SMG
12-Oct-18 Species Identification Workshop: Snail-Killing Flies (with DVLP). Derek Whiteley SIG
12-Oct-18 Indoor meeting: Plant Afternoon at the Botanical Gardens. Chris Doar & Ken Balkow BOT
13-Oct-18 Field meeting: Lichens at Wharncliffe Heath (joint meeting with the Friends of Wharncliffe Heath). Steve Price LIC
14-Oct-18 Field meeting: Red Deer at Big Moor. Val Clinging SMG
17-Oct-18 Field meeting: Fungi at Whitwell Moor, near Stocksbridge. Chris Kelly & Brian Mitchell FUN
18-Oct-18 Field Meeting: Invertebrates at Brookfields Park, Rotherham. Derek Whiteley SIG
18-Oct-18 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
20-Oct-18 Field meeting: Mosses at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate. Ambroise Baker & Joan Egan MOSS
21-Oct-18 Field meeting: Small Mammal Survey (joint meeting with the Friends of Parkwood Springs). Val Clinging SMG
21-Oct-18 Field meeting: Fungi at Ulley Country Park (joint meeting with the Friends of Ulley Country Park). Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
24-Oct-18 Field meeting: Fungi in the Gleadless Valley, Sheffield (joint meeting with the Gleadless Valley Wildlife Group). Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
27-Oct-18 Species Identification Workshop: Snails (with DVLP). Robert Cameron SIG
27-Oct-18 Field meeting: Fungi at Parkwood Springs, Sheffield (joint meeting with the Friends of Parkwood Springs). Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
27-Oct-18 Workshop: Club Fungi at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate (Day 1). Rob Foster et al FUN
28-Oct-18 Workshop: Club Fungi at the National Trust’s Longshaw Estate (Day 2). Rob Foster et al FUN
29-Oct-18 Field meeting: Fungi at Burngreave Cemetery, Sheffield (joint meeting with the Friends of Burngreave Cemetery). Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
01-Nov-18 Field meeting: Fungi at Cannon Hall Country Park, near Cawthorne. Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
02-Nov-18 Field meeting: Fungi at Woodhouse Washlands (joint meeting with Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust). Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
03-Nov-18 Field meeting: Annual Transpeak Fungi Walk. Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
08-Nov-18 Annual General Meeting in the Hicks Building, University of Sheffield. All members are welcome to attend. GEN
10-Nov-18 Field meeting: Wharncliffe Fungi (joint meeting with the Wharncliffe Heathlands Trust). Michael (Ziggy) Senkans FUN
14-Nov-18 Lecture: Putting Derbyshire’s Flora on the Map. Nick Moyes BOT
15-Nov-18 Indoor meeting: Fungi Night at Sheffield Quaker Meeting House. FUN
16-Nov-18 Field meeting: Winter Trees at Wyming Brook. Julie Riley & Chris Doar BOT
17-Nov-18 Species Identification Workshop: Bees – Introductory (with DVLP). Steven Falk SIG
18-Nov-18 Species Identification Workshop: Bees – Advanced (with DVLP). Steven Falk SIG
25-Nov-18 Field meeting: Harvest Mouse Nest Search (with DVLP). Derek Whiteley SMG
30-Nov-18 Field meeting: Derek & Tony’s 100 Years of Natural History Walk. Derek Whiteley & Tony Loy GEN
06-Dec-18 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
13-Dec-18 Lecture: Extinct Animals. Derek Whiteley GEN
14-Dec-18 Field meeting: Botanical Walk (venue TBC). Jean Glasscock BOT
11-Jan-19 Field meeting: Botanical Walk (venue TBC). Jean Glasscock BOT
24-Jan-19 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
08-Feb-19 Field meeting: Botanical Walk (venue TBC). Jean Glasscock BOT
23-Feb-19 South Yorkshire Natural History Day (venue TBC) GEN
08-Mar-19 Field meeting: Botanical Walk (venue TBC). Jean Glasscock BOT
21-Mar-19 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
Date TBC Field meeting: Colin Marsden Mountain Hare Walk. Leader TBC SMG


Abbreviations used in the programme

TBC = To be confirmed.
BOT = Botany
MOSS = Mosses
FUN = Fungi
GEN = General Interest
LIC = Lichens
MCG = Sorby Museums and Collections Group
ORN = Ornithology (Birds)
SIG = Sorby Invertebrate Group
SMG = Sorby Mammal Group
DVLP = Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership
DWT = Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

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