What is Salmon Pastures?

Take a walk through the gorgeous greenery that is the Salmon Pastures nature reserve. The nature reserve plays a crucial role in Sheffield’s ecology and sits almost directly in the middle of the city centre. The reserve hugs the River Don and acts as a green and calming haven amongst the Attercliffe industry.

Wildlife at the reserve

As mentioned, the nature reserve is vital to Sheffield’s ecology, it is a small wildlife sanctuary. Due to its amazing variety of habitats, Salmon Pastures attracts many wonderful birds and insects! Birds such as grey wagtails, bullfinches and mistle thrushes frequent the abundant area. When walking near the River Don, keep your eyes peeled, you might spot a kingfisher or two, and if you’re really lucky, you might even be able to see a dipper which can sometimes be seen near the River Don.

Not only this but the reserve is a rich resource for insects. Amazingly, 22 species of hoverfly have been recorded at the reserve! How cool is that? Dragonflies, moths and butterflies (including the gatekeeper and orange tip butterfly) have also been spotted at the reserve. Why not play a game and see how many insects you can spot?


Salmon Pastures is great for accessibility. It has wheelchair-friendly paths which help to make the reserve accessible to people of all abilities.

So, why not soak up some sun in Salmon Pastures? It’s a wonderful walk through wildlife!

Click here for more information about the reserve!

Q Are dogs allowed into the reserve?

Yes! Your furry friends are allowed to come on your afternoon stroll! Just make sure to keep them on a lead and to clean up after them.

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