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Upcoming Events

Sunday 9th April 2017

If you would like to help keep the park great and learn a new skill at the same time, we will be giving the willow den in the playground its annual trim and weave. A great activity for all ages, we will be starting at 11am on Sunday 9 April. Please just come along.

Sunday 23rd April 2017

Our friends at Millhouses Park Bowling Club are having a free open day on Sunday 23rd April, from 10.30am to 3.30pm weather permitting.

The event is open to all ages, young and old, with coaches on hand and refreshments available. Please ensure you wear flat shoes. If you require any further information please contact

Saturday 29 April 2017

A Spring Bird-watching Walk will take place on Saturday 29 April, 8am start from the bottom of the Archer Road steps into Millhouses Park. A leisurely walk through the park returning via Ecclesall Woods. The walk should take about two and a half hours. Pete Brown, the walk leader, has pairs of binoculars to lend. All are welcome.



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Autumn Events.

We have a couple of events coming up this Autumn, as always, all welcome.

On Saturday 15 October, 10.00-12.00, our Autumn clean up with the Rangers. The Rangers will be supplying any necessary equipment – meet at the cafe at 10.00 to join in.

On Saturday 5th November, 8:00 start, our Autumn bird watching walk with Pete Brown.
Meet at the foot of the steps into Millhouses Park at 8am. The leisurely walk through the park and back through part of Ecclesall Woods will last about a couple of hours. Pete has a number of pairs of binoculars to lend and all are welcome to take part.

If you have not joined the Friends of Millhouses Park yet, you are very welcome to join us for this and future events!

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Autumn Bird watching walk

On Saturday 7 November another of the hugely popular bird watching walks will be taking place.

If you would like to join in meet at 08:00 at the foot of the steps into Millhouses Park from Archer Road. The walk will go through the park returning through Ecclesall Woods and should take 2 to 2.5 hours. If the weather is kind you should encounter a range of resident birds and hopefully see autumn migrants flying over. A number of pairs of binoculars are available to borrow on the day.

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October Bird Walk

Don’t forget that tomorrow (Saturday 20th October) is the October Bird Walk in the Park. Meet up at the Archer Road Entrance at 8:30am. Peter Brown has a few pairs of spare binoculars if you don’t have your own!

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It’s back – it’s the Spring Bird Walk!

Saturday April 28th – 8:00am

Meet at the foot of the steps from Archer Road into Millhouses Park at 8.00am. We’ll walk through the Park and return through Ecclesall Woods. The walk will last between two and a half and three hours to give us the opportunity to have a look at the heronry in Ecclesall Woods. All welcome, binoculars available to lend.

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Spring Bird Walk Announced

As the birds flock back to Millhouses Park, it’s time to go and track them down with the Spring Bird Walk on Saturday 28th April with an 8AM start.

This is a special date as it’s the launch of the 2012 Environment Week – and the walk will incorporate in the Mandarin Ducks in Tyzack’s Dam and the Heronry in the woods!

Don’t forget to put this one in your diary!

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Bird Watch Results

Holding the end of year bird walk at a somewhat earlier date than usual paid dividends. The weather was pleasant and an impressive gathering of over twenty people was rewarded with some good sightings. Highlights among the 29 species encountered included a number of parties of Redwings and Fieldfares flying west or south west over the Park en route from Scandinavia to their winter quarters either in this country or beyond, numerous Jays transporting acorns from Ecclesall Woods to be stashed for the winter in  hiding places throughout the area, a couple of Sparrowhawks passing over and  two or  three  Grey Wagtails giving good views along the river.

In the coming days keep an eye out for more parties of winter thrushes coming over from the north east usually in the first two hours of daylight and look and listen out for skeins of Pink-footed Geese flying south east over the area en route to their North Norfolk wintering grounds.

Pete Brown

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Autumn Bird Walk

Saturday 22nd October, 8.30am

Meet up at the steps on Archer Road for this Autumn’s Bird Walk!

Click the link for more details! Autumn 2011 Notice

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New Family in the Park!

As if we didn’t know Millhouses Park is great for families. The family in question are the moorhens.

“Moorhens are fairly unique in that young birds that survive from an early brood will assist the parents in looking after a later brood which is what the attached photographs, taken this morning, show. A juvenile bird from earlier in the spring is sitting on what’s known as a brood nest looking after three small chicks from a later brood while the adults forage for food. I watched this for about twenty minutes this morning, a delightful start to the day.” Peter Brown

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Spring 2011 Bird Walk

Don’t forget this fabulous opportunity to get up close and personal with the bird-life of Millhouses Park!

Meet up at 8am at the ARCHER ROAD entrance of the park on SATURDAY 30th APRIL. Wrap up warm though – a cool North-Easterly breeze is forecast!


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