Wyming Brook
In winter the river can be quite a loud 'babbling brook'.
Location
CountryEngland, UK
CountySouth Yorkshire
CitySheffield
Physical characteristics
SourceRedmires Reservoirs
MouthRivelin Dams
Length0.6 miles (1 km)

The Wyming Brook is a river in the City of Sheffield, England. Its source is the Redmires Reservoirs near the Hallam Moors. It flows in a north-easterly direction for over 0.6 miles (1 km) down quite steep terrain into an underground chamber where it joins the Rivelin tunnel before it flows into the lower of the Rivelin Dams.[1] The river flows almost its entire length within the Wyming Brook Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest which is managed by the Wildlife Trust for Sheffield and Rotherham.[2]

Geography

A steep footpath runs alongside the brook and a bridleway, Wyming Brook Drive, crosses the nature reserve from north to south.[3] The footpath can be quite steep, with it and the brook falling over 100 m in a kilometre. The surrounds are wooded near the bottom and more open near the top, with views of the Rivelin Valley. Red cedar, eastern hemlock, Douglas fir, red pine, sitka, sweet chestnut, black alder, oak and rowan can be seen alongside the brook.[4] Wildlife found around Wyming Brook includes moths such as the common lutestring and northern spinach and birds, the dipper and the crossbill.[5] The Peak District Boundary Walk runs through the nature reserve.[6]

History

Historically the area was used exclusively by the nobility when it was part of the hunting and hawking grounds of Rivelin Chase.[7] Above, and to the west of the watercourse on Ash Cabin Flat is an embanked stone circle, dating to the Bronze Age.[8]

In 2023 larch trees at the nature reserve were found to be infected with a non-native fungus-like disease, Phytophthora ramorum. The Forestry Commission served a Statutory Plant Health Notice to Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust ordering it to remove infected trees. Chestnut trees, also susceptible to ramorum will also be felled.[4] In September 2023 the wildlife trust started a four month programme to cut down over 1,000 trees. In October 2023 campaigners, who said the changes would create 'a post-apocalyptic landscape', launched a petition urging Sheffield Council, the land-owner, to challenge the SPHN and end the felling of trees.[9] Sheffield Council responded by stating, 'the council is under a legal duty to comply with this notice'.[10] Yorkshire Water, which owns land adjacent to the nature reserve are also carrying out preventative measures to halt the spread of ramorum by felling trees.[11] An area of close planted sitka spruce and douglas fir, planted in the 1950s and considered to be of little value to wildlife has also been cut down with the expectation that native broadleaf woodland will replace the felled trees.[11] The footpaths, bridleway and car parks at the site are closed for the durating of the work.

References

  1. ^ "Reminiscing Around Rivelin", Roy Davey, No ISBN, Page 8, Gives history, reservoir data and details of Rivelin tunnel and water treatment works.
  2. ^ "Wonderful Wyming Brook – stunning waterfall walk". letsgopeakdistrict.co.uk. 2 November 2023. Archived from the original on 16 October 2023. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  3. ^ "Wyming Brook – Nature Reserves". Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust. 2 November 2023. Archived from the original on 30 October 2023. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
  4. ^ a b Douglas, Ed (9 September 2022). "Country diary: An ominous sign in a well-loved wood". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 17 August 2023. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
  5. ^ "Wyming Brook | Sheffield Wildlife Trust". www.wildsheffield.com. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  6. ^ McCloy, Andrew (2017). Peak District Boundary Walk: 190 Miles Around the Edge of the National Park. Friends of the Peak District. ISBN 978-1909461536.
  7. ^ "Wyming Brook | Reserves". Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Stone circle on Ash Cabin Flat, 560m north-east of Reservoir Cottages, Sheffield (1016623)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 December 2017.
  9. ^ Williams, Molly (30 October 2023). "Hundreds oppose felling of diseased trees in Sheffield". BBC News. Archived from the original on 30 October 2023. Retrieved 30 October 2023.
  10. ^ Williams, Molly (2 November 2023). "Sheffield council not to challenge felling of diseased trees". BBC News. Archived from the original on 2 November 2023. Retrieved 2 November 2023.
  11. ^ a b "Wyming Brook tree works information". Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust. 2 November 2023. Archived from the original on 2 November 2023. Retrieved 2 November 2023.

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