Places to see birds

Manor Fields Park

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush
Greenfinch Photo: RSPB

It is well worth exploring this hidden gem just two miles south-east of Sheffield city centre.

Owned by Sheffield City Council and looked after by the 'Green Estate' social enterprise and Friends of Manor Fields Park, this is a Green Flag Award winning district park with a difference. Covering 24 hectares and originally part of the Great Sheffield Deer Park which centred on a hunting lodge at nearby Manor Lodge, the area is now managed as a naturalistic landscape with a wide diversity of habitats including reed-fringed wetlands forming part of an exemplar Sustainable Urban Drainage System.

Birds that our Group have seen here include water rail, jay, kestrel, sparrowhawk, grey wagtail, mistle thrush, redwing, long-tailed tit and a wide range of finches. For further details, see our Trip Reports from January 2018 and January 2020. Other species recorded here have included snipe, reed bunting, kingfisher, willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap and grasshopper warbler. In the summer, Manor Fields Park is a great place to see butterflies and wildflowers. At any time of year, it's also a great place from which to get views across the city.

Manor Fields Park lies in the area between the A6135 City Road, Manor Park Crescent and Queen Mary Road. Finding the City Road entrance is easy and there is a big Manor Fields Park entrance sign to show you are in the right place. For those with a SatNav, S2 1GF takes you to York House - close to the main park entrance. There is a small car park here with disabled parking spaces.

For those using public transport, there are regular Blue Route trams along City Road from Sheffield city centre with the Spring Lane tram stop less than two minutes from the entrance. Many buses stop right outside York House.

Once inside the park, there are more than two kilometres of easy going pathways. For children there are the Stonehirst play ground and an interactive sand pit, play and pond at the City Road entrance. The Rhubarb Shed Café at Manor Lodge (on the other side of City Road Cemetery) is open Wednesday to Saturdays inclusive and there are also toilets here. Opening hours can vary so you are advised to call the cafe on 07375 366429 or visit their Facebook page to confirm these before your visit.