We now have a ten minute film of the wood and our activities. We already had a two minute version which was made by two young film-makers for the Sheffield Docfest. They made the film at their own expense with our help and it made the final in its category and was very well received. The grant money from the Woodland Trust enabled us to pay their expenses (£100) to produce a longer version which contains many tree stories. Please see link:


FOGW 10' Video


Short version

The Story of Gillfield Wood - leaflet
This is a printable version. Official glossy concertina versions are available from local shops, pubs and the library.
Download - Gillfield Wood Leaflet.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.4 MB
The Story of Gillfield Wood - Heritage Lottery Project
This is a history of the Wood, constructed from our archaeological survey and archive research.
Download - The Story of Gillfield Wood.3
Adobe Acrobat Document 25.9 MB



Cranefly News 

Dicranophragma separatum (M. Ackland) 

Dipterists Forum Cranefly Recording Scheme For Superfamily Tipuloidea & Families Ptychopteridae & Trichoceridae 

Newsletter No 31 

Editor: John Kramer Sub-editor: John Dobson 

Spring 2016 


Field Work 

Gillfield Wood  

Another day-long visit was made to Gillfield Wood, Sheffield (SK30.78, VC 57) with the Sorby Naturalists on 27 Sept 2015. Organised by Derek Bateson, eight people attended and with contributions by Derek Whiteley, Chris Measures and Kevin Walker, we succeeded in adding twelve cranefly species to the list for Gillfield Wood, making a total of 58 craneflies for the site. 

By wading in Totley Brook (not Loxley Brook, an error in Issue 30) and sweeping the marginal vegetation 6 species were netted from the family Pediciidae (Hairy-eyed craneflies), 5 of which have aquatic larvae. The habitat of the larvae of Lipsothrix remota (found here in Gillfield Wood) is in the dams of wet twigs that you can see in the photo of a small section of the brook. Autumn woodland species found included Tipula luteipennis, T. confusa and T. staegeri, Erioconopa diuturna, Rhypholophus bifurcata and R. varia. 

B Warburton Thesis PART 1A (Document Org
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.6 MB

Coming Soon (see Events page for details):


Outdoor Events
Sunday October 10th: Small Mammal Trapping with Val Clinging.
Saturday November 13th: Fungi Survey with Chris Kelly
Indoor Meetings:
Monday November 8th: Hedgehogs, an illustrated talk by Jo Wilkinson.  

Monday December 6th, our Christmas meeting, an illustrated talk on Swifts by John Ellicock.