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.

Sorby Invertebrate Group

SIG Secretary: Derek Whiteley, email
Lithobius variegatus © Paul Richards

Banded Centipede (Lithobius variegatus).


The Sorby Invertebrate Group aims to:

  • Undertake more recording and surveys and increase our knowledge of the invertebrates of South Yorkshire, north Derbyshire, the Peak National Park, and north Nottinghamshire. The group appoints Recorders who are responsible for keeping records.
  • Co-ordinate the existing recording schemes and stimulate new ones.
  • Publish frequent reports and papers in existing publications.
  • Promote the conservation of invertebrates and their habitats.
  • Encourage an interest in and enjoyment of invertebrates by providing facilities for members to meet informally and exchange ideas, help and advice.
  • Increase the standard of identification and recording by organising workshops and identification dayschools.
  • Publish a review of the Insects of South Yorkshire.
  • Organising field trips to record and enjoy local invertebrates.
  • Publish distribution maps of local species.

Butterfly Recording Scheme

To stimulate more recording, we have prepared working documents containing a series of maps generated from the Sorby Butterfly database together with some accompanying information on the recording scheme itself. You can download them by clicking on the links below.

Sheffield Area Butterfly Atlas – near final draft (PDF)

Barnsley Butterfly Atlas 2018 – work in progress (PDF)



We encourage members to post their best or unusual photographs of invertebrates in  “Sorbyshire”  in the Sorby Natural History Society’s Flickr Group.


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