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What is Sunnybank?

Step into the beautiful and quiet haven that is Sunnybank Nature Reserve. The reserve was first created in 1985 by The Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, previously known as the Sheffield City Wildlife Group. It is situated in the urban atmosphere of Sheffield, Sunnybank is a cherished green space teeming with wildlife. The reserve is also excellent for its accessibility. So, get your walking boots on and come along to Sunnybank!

Wildlife and habitats

As mentioned, Sunnybank has an array of beautiful wildlife wandering its green corridor. The reserve’s habitats connects Broomhill, the Botanical Gardens, Endcliffe Park and Whitely Woods to the Peak District.

The wetlands surrounding the reserve are home to several types of stunning dragonflies. Common frogs and pond skaters also live here and add to the broad spectrum of Sunnybank’s wildlife. Not only this but the woodland at the reserve rings with beautiful birdsong. It makes a rich spot for birdwatching. See if you can spot a greenfinch, blackcap or chiffchaff! Hedgehogs and foxes nestle amongst the woodland scrub while pipistrelle bats flitter about the tall trees at dusk.

During summer, Sunnybank’s meadow is filled with colourful life. Gorgeous butterflies visit the meadow, including:

  • Red admirals
  • Common blues
  • Small skipper

Accessibility

As previously mentioned, Sunnybank has great accessibility. The reserve has a Public Right of Way and a network of paths that branch off it. Not only this but Sunnybank’s pond is also wheelchair accessible!

Dogs are allowed at the reserve but they must be kept on a lead at all times. Please act responsibly.

How to get to Sunnybank

The reserve is within walking distance of the town centre has many access points. Entrances to the reserve can be found at William Street, Ecclessall Road and Broomhall Close.

If you’re travelling by car from Sheffield City Centre, drive along Hanover Way and continue to Brookhill roundabout. Next, turn left onto Broomhall Street, keep an eye out for Brookhall place which is another left turn.

For those travelling by public transport, many buses travel to and from Ecclessall Road. The Trust’s website has more information about buses, click here to check it out!

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