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BIRD NEST BOXES
If you are out walking through Gillfield Wood you may notice that a number of nest boxes have been erected at the east end of the wood. Most of these boxes should be visible to anyone walking on the main footpath into the wood from the Scout Hut that is situated near Mickley Lane just behind houses on Green Oak Road.
Local group, Friends of Gillfield Wood, approached Sheffield Council and one of the Council Rangers kindly delivered planks of wood to the Scout Group for the construction of 15 nest boxes. With the appropriate design and measurements the planks were cut to size and under guidance the Cubs expertly made the boxes. It is hoped these boxes will accommodate nesting Blue Tits and Great Tits and possibly other species including the scarce Tree Sparrow which overwinters in small numbers in this area. Tree Sparrows can also be seen here during the breeding season although they can be quite elusive when they hide amongst the hawthorn bushes with the House Sparrows.
During one morning in September a team of Scouts eagerly erected the boxes on trees by the brook, as well as near to the main path to the wood and just inside the wood by that little bridge and metal kissing gate if you know it.
Mr Shepley of Woodthorpe Hall had kindly given his permission for the nest boxes to be attached to trees on his land which runs across the brook from the Hall and up the sloping field to the gardens of Rowan Tree Dell. Mick Hollindale, Scout Leader, had overseen this whole nest box project. And together with him, parents of the Scouts helped on the day when the boxes were being erected, and they even added a few extra inches in height when getting some boxes that little bit higher up the trees.
An excellent team and community effort all round, well done to the Cubs and Scouts. We do hope residents and local walkers will get a great deal of pleasure watching the comings and goings of any birds that do use the boxes, but we hope they don’t stand too near if the birds are carrying nest material or food. At the time of writing at least one of the boxes is being used as a roosting site, so that is a good start. Here’s to an interesting and successful breeding season this year.
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The Story of Gillfield Wood - a colour leaflet.
Level 1 Archaeological Survey Report - all features found in the wood.
The Story of Gillfield Wood - full history from our surveys and research.
Gillfield Wood - known locally also as Gillyfield Wood was first documented in 1561 as ‘a springe wood called Jyll felde’ but is certainly much older. Sinuous in shape and following the Totley Brook, it is at the edge of Sheffield near the Peak District National Park, lying on the boundary between both Totley and Holmesfield and South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. Gillfield is a peaceful wood, mostly replanted with American (red) oak and larch in the 1960’s but retaining much of its ancient spring flora including swathes of bluebells and wood anemones.
The Friends of Gillfield Wood is a voluntary group formed in 2011. We work in partnership with Sheffield City Council's Parks and Countryside Service to maintain and improve the wood. The group aims to learn about the wood, increase its biodiversity and encourage public enjoyment. It organises many events including conservation work days, surveys, talks and family events. For more information Go to the Events page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
WILDLIFE UPDATES - If you see or hear anything interesting in the Wood please let us know by using the Report a Sighting page.