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 2019 – 2020

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
02-Mar-19 SIG at the Staffordshire Invertebrate Science Fair. SIG
08-Mar-19 Field meeting: Sheffield General Cemetery, Sharrow. Jean Glasscock BOT
24-Mar-19 Field meeting: Nether Langwith. Ken Balkow BOT
24-Mar-19 Field meeting: Colin Marsden Mountain Hare Walk. Derek & Phoebe Whiteley SMG
12-Apr-19 Field meeting: Glen Howe Park, Wharncliffe Side. Jean Glasscock BOT
27-Apr-19 Field meeting: Spring Stroll. Val & Bob Clinging GEN
04-May-19 Field meeting: Spring fungi and plants at Whitwell Wood. Carol Hobart BOT/FUN
10-May-19 Field meeting: Low Hall Wood, near High Green. Chris Doar BOT
11-May-19 Field meeting: River Rother Bioblitz. Sally Hyslop & Paul Hancock SIG
12-May-19 Field meeting: River Rother Bioblitz. Sally Hyslop & Paul Hancock SIG
22-May-19 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
25-May-19 Field meeting: Steel Valley Walk, Stocksbridge. Roger Butterfield GEN
01-June-19 Field meeting: Water Vole Walk. Val Clinging SMG
14-June-19 Field meeting: Woodhouse Washlands. Chris Doar BOT
15-June-19 Field meeting: Tideswell Dale (jointly with North Western Naturalists’ Union). Joan Egan & Norman Bamforth MOSS
22-June-19 Field meeting: Gillfield Wood, Totley. Steve Price & Paul Hancock LIC/SIG
25-June-19 Field meeting: Ladybower Wood DWT Reserve. Steve Price SIG
26-June-19 Field meeting: Lightwood Valley. Steve Orridge SIG
09-July-19 Field meeting: Long Clough DWT Reserve. Steve Price SIG
13-July-19 Field meeting: Cunning Dale. Steve Price & Jane Hewitt LIC/SIG
16-July-19 Field meeting: Treeton Dyke. Alistair McLean SIG
20-July-19 Field meeting: Steel Valley Walk, Stocksbridge. Roger Butterfield GEN
23-July-19 Field meeting: Sheffield Canal. Alistair McLean SIG
26-July-19 Field meeting: Aquatic plants at Sheffield Canal, Meadowhall. Julie Riley BOT
03-Aug-19 Field meeting: Old Moor RSPB Reserve. Steve Price LIC
04-Aug-19 Field meeting: Peak District Limestone Dale. Jean Glasscock BOT
10-Aug-19 Field meeting: Garganey Trust Bioblitz, Broomhill Flash Nature Reserve. Tracy Gray BOT
11-Aug-19 Field meeting: Moss Valley. Ken Balkow BOT
31-Aug-19 Field meeting: Weeds on Weedon Street. Julie Riley BOT
05-Sep-19 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
08-Sep-19 Field meeting: Newmillerdam Country Park (jointly with British Plant Gall Society). Tom Higginbottom Galls
11-Sep-19 Indoor meeting: Talk by Mark Cocker (jointly with Sheffield Bird Study Group). GEN
14-Sep-19 Field meeting: Anston Stones Wood. Steve Price LIC
20-Sep-19 Field meeting: Damflask Reservoir. John Middleton BOT
02-Oct-18 Field meeting: Bitholmes & Firth Wood. Chris Kelly & Ziggy Senkans FUN
05-Oct-19 UK Fungus Day at J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods. Ziggy Senkans & Chris Kelly FUN
06-Oct-19 Field meeting: Live mammal trapping at Gillfield Wood (jointly with Friends of Gillfield Wood). Val Clinging SMG
12 -Oct-19 Field meeting: Big Moor. Val Clinging SMG
13-Oct-19 Field meeting: Wath Wood (jointly with Friends of Wath Wood). Patrick Harding & Chris Kelly FUN
16-Oct-19 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
17-Oct-19 Field meeting: U3A walk in Beauchief area. Carol Hobart & Chris Kelly FUN
19-Oct-19 Workshop: Dung Fungi at Longshaw. Rob Foster FUN
20-Oct-19 Workshop: Dung Fungi at Longshaw. Rob Foster FUN
19-Oct-19 Indoor meeting: Plant morning at Victoria Hall, Stafford Road. Chris Doar BOT
19-Oct-19 Field meeting: Dunford Bridge. Steve Price LIC
20-Oct-19 Field meeting: Ulley Country Park (jointly with Friends of Ulley Country Park). Ziggy Senkans FUN
20-Oct-19 Field meeting: Live mammal trapping at Parkwood Springs (jointly with Friends of Parkwood Springs). Val Clinging SMG
23-Oct-19 Field meeting: Whitwell Moor & Millstones Wood. Chris Kelly & Ziggy Senkans FUN
26-Oct-19 Field meeting: Linacre Reservoir. Chris Kelly FUN
27-Oct-19 Field meeting: Harvest Mice. Roseanna Burton & Derek Whiteley SMG
27-Oct-19 Field meeting: Wharncliffe Heath (with Wharncliffe Heathlands Trust). Ziggy Senkans FUN
28-Oct-19 Field meeting: Burngreave Cemetery (with Friends of Burngreave Cemetery). Ziggy Senkans FUN
30-Oct-19 Field meeting: Wyming Brook (with Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust). Ziggy Senkans FUN
02-Nov-19 Field meeting: Parkwood Springs (jointly with Friends of Parkwood Springs) Ziggy Senkans FUN
03-Nov-19 Field meeting: Wardsend Cemetery (jointly with Friends of Wardsend Cemetery) Ziggy Senkans FUN
07-Nov-19 Annual General Meeting
08-Nov-19 Field meeting: venue to be confirmed. Jean Glasscock BOT
21-Nov-19 Indoor meeting: Fungi night at the Quaker Meeting House, Sheffield. Chris Kelly FUN
29-Nov-19 Field meeting: Winter trees at Whirlow and Whinfell. Julie Riley BOT
04-Dec-19 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
29-Nov-19 Field meeting: venue to be confirmed. Jean Glasscock BOT
04-Jan-20 Field meeting: Winter wander and programme planning. Crookes Valley Park, Sheffield. Chris Kelly & Ziggy Senkans FUN
10-Jan-20 Field meeting: venue to be confirmed. Jean Glasscock BOT
23-Jan-20 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
12-Feb-20 Field meeting: Winter fungi in Beeley Wood. Carol Hobart & Chris Kelly FUN
14-Feb-20 Field meeting: venue to be confirmed. Jean Glasscock BOT
22-Feb-20 South Yorkshire Natural History Day. Bob Croxton & Peter Clegg GEN
18-Mar-20 Sorby Council (Trustees’ Meeting).
??-Mar-20 Field meeting: Colin Marsden Mountain Hare Walk. Leader(s) to be confirmed SMG


Abbreviations used in the 2019 – 2020 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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