Friends of Gillfield Wood recording area


From the outset, it was agreed that our recording area would not only cover Gillfield Wood itself but the fields, hedgerows and pieces of woodland, both on the north side of the wood as well as on the south side.


It was recognized that it was vitally important that we, as a group, needed to gather as much data as we could from this recording area in an effort to protect the wood and the land surrounding, from any future development.


As a rough guide the recording area is between:


The A621, the Baslow Road in the west


Moorwood Lane, Storth House, Fanshawe Gate and Owler Lee Farm in the south 


Woodthorpe Hall to The Shepley Spitfire pub in the east, this track is known as White Lane.


The southern edge of the Totley and New Totley houses in the north, including Mickley Lane.  


Gillfield Wood falls mainly in four squares:  SK3079, SK3078, SK3179 and SK3178.


SK3079 covers the west end of the wood which includes the conifer plantation and the picnic area, plus Little Wood and a small section of the east central part of the wood where it extends outwards into the fields in a north west direction.


SK3078 covers the central part of the wood including two of the entrances from Totley and the exits on the other side of the wood to Storth House and Fanshawe Gate.


SK3178 covers the east central part of the wood and includes the exit to Woodthorpe Hall.  


SK3179 covers the east end of the wood and follows Totley Brook all the way to the Scout Hut and then on to the Shepley Spitfire pub which sits at the foot of Mickley Lane.  This square also includes the entrance to the wood from Totley Hall Lane.


In addition:


SK2979 covers the extreme west end of the wood including the bus terminus.


SK2978 covers the deciduous trees at the west end of the wood, planted in the 1990s, that extend to the Dyson buildings on the Baslow Road.



For convenience, reference is made to the "entrances" being on the north side of the wood, the Sheffield side, and the "exits" being on the south side of the wood, the Derbyshire side.


Recently the three entrances from the north side have been referred to as Entrances 1,2 and 3. Entrance 1 being approached directly from Totley Hall Lane.  Entrance 3 being approached through the field with the old quarry in it.  Entrance 2 being the middle entrance.  These are mirrored by Exits 1,2 and 3 on the south side of the wood.


Entrances to Gillfield Wood can also be found at the west end and the east end of the wood.


A small piece of Gillfield Wood has recently been referred to as Pheasant Wood.  This falls around grid ref SK310790 extending north west from the main footpath.


Totley Brook flows from the west, under the A621, and down through Gillfield Wood; for a majority of its length, it follows the county boundary of South Yorkshire and Derbyshire. 



These are submitted to the Sheffield Biological Record Centre (SBRC).


All records from the above recording area are marked “Gillfield Wood”.


When requested SBRC kindly provide Friends of Gillfield Wood with an up-to-date spreadsheet showing all the Gillfield Wood data. 


Chris Measures 


Below are 4 files relating to the results from the May 2019 Flora Walk with Rebekah Newman. We have permission to circulate these to members but please note that Rebekah had clearance to access the land to the south of the brook which is privately owned. This was granted on the basis that it was a supervised walk. Nobody should access these areas without the landowners' permission. There is NO PUBLIC ACCESS to these sites which are on private land on the south (Derbyshire) side of the wood.  Rebekah had express permission from the landowners to conduct the surveys and subsequent walk for us in May.

Flora Walk May 2019
hedgerow descriptions.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 67.1 KB
Flora Walk May 2019
totley meadows wildlife site.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 335.2 KB
Flora Walk May 2019
Totley:Woodthorpe Hall meadows descripti
Adobe Acrobat Document 206.0 KB
Flora Walk May 2019
Species records, Totley Meadows.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 79.0 KB
Level 1 Archaeological Survey of Gillfield Wood - Heritage Lottery Funded Project
This is a printable version (74 pages) containing information on how we organised the task of surveying the wood, the survey process, survey results, maps and photographs.
Download - Level 1 Survey Report.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 5.5 MB

The following two reports summarising the findings of the Heritage Lottery Funded Phase 2 project are now available for you to either read or download.


These reports represent the culmination of the joint effort between FOGW and Prof. Ian Rotherham's group from Sheffield Hallam University. They have, however, been produced solely by a small dedicated group of FOGW members and are completely separate from any reports produced by SHU. A considerate amount of effort has gone into both carrying out the surveys and into producing these reports so please do take the time to read these fascinating reports


HLF2 Final Report - Hedgerow & Sts
This report summarises the mapping of the distribution and density of the current wooded area of Gillfield wood using Quantum Graphical Information System (QGIS) taught to a small group of FOGW members by Barry Wright & Chris Percy of South Yorkshire Biodiversity Research Group. It maps both the hedgerows surrounding the wood and the Significant trees in the wood.
HLF2 Final Report - Hedgerow & ST's.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.0 MB
HLF2 Final Report - Stone Posts
This report summarises the discovery of a number of standing stones in the brook running through Gillfield wood and discusses a number of theories regarding their possible function.
HLF2 Final Report - Stone Posts.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.7 MB

SYBRG has placed its own report on the project entitled "Reconstructing Gillfield Wood's Historical Setting". This can be found by clicking on the following link:


The project, organised by SYBRG with the Friends of Gillfield Wood, is funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It places Gillfield Wood (an ancient woodland), Totley Brook (the stream that flows through it) and its setting into a wider historical landscape context to include field boundaries, ancient hedgerows and industrial sites. The project looks at how the woodland and its setting have changed over hundreds of years and the evidence that still exists today. In addition it also delves inside the wood to investigate the unique and remarkable dressed upright stones/ stoneposts which have been placed in and alongside the brook, most probably in the last three hundred years. Investigating these has helped to place this historic site into a wider context of 'water, geology and land-use'. The field survey findings are supported by archival research. A legacy of the project is to develop skills and knowledge within local groups.

Photos of wax cap fungi taken by Mac Jackson on Day 1 (1st November 2016) of the Phase 2 field survey.

...and seven from Pauline Burnett taken the morning after a rapid thaw following a severe frost the night before. Shows how resilient these fungi are!

...and one from Chris Measures of the "holy grail" of wax caps - the Pink Waxcap!

Photos of waxcaps taken in the wood in 2011 courtesy of Chris Measures.

The photos below were taken by Nell Dixon. They were found by children taking part in the Stream Dipping in July 2022 (see reference on Events page Archive 2022). 

"In the Wet" is an occasional blog to inform you about life in Gillfield Wood in those wet places such as Totley Brook and any marshy area or tributaries close by the brook. And of course there is our new pond which I am beginning to monitor.  I will give you a details of the aquatic invertebrates that I find but only when I can identify them! This is very much a learning and sharing activity for me.  I hope you find the information interesting and the photographs illustrative of my findings.  Please email comments to me at


Welcome to "In the Wet".


Paul Hancock

In the Wet #1 (May 15 2016)


Had a chance to investigate the pond for wildlife today.  The tadpoles are doing well; they are well spaced in the shallow areas. The planted marginals are looking strong and healthy.


Observation of the pond showed it to be somewhat murky, which was in stark contrast to Andy Brewster's observations yesterday of clear but algae-littered water. Derek Bateson suggested we may have had a Duck feast to have altered the water so much!


Male and female flies of the family Bibionidae (St Mark's Flies) were hovering over the pond.  Some were clearly female as they were dipping their abdomens in the water to deposit eggs.


Two types have been identified by the spurs on the end of the tibia of the foreleg.

Opposite is the female - Dilophus species – identified  the ring of short spurs on the foreleg.

This male fly has two large spurs in the same location on the foreleg and belongs to the genus Bibio, possibly marci, which is the St Mark's fly.

We also have a water beetle visitor, Helophorus grandis …

… and a mayfly visitor Baetis rhodani. The latter has weird turbinate eyes which are orange on top.

Coming Soon (see Events page for further details):


Saturday 11th November: Fungi Survey 


Monday 4th December: -  talk by Derek Whiteley on Nature and  Christmas. 

The next PCMs for 2023/24 are scheduled for:


Sun 19th Nov

Sun 14th Jan

Sun 11th Feb

Sun 10th March


See Conservation Work page