Shirtcliff Wood lies in the Shirtcliff valley on the northern edge of Woodhouse, nearly 7 kilometres east of the centre of Sheffield. Part of the wood is crossed by the Shirtcliff Brook.
Although the wood first appears on a map dating from as late as 1802, historical documents suggest that it was managed for charcoal in the Middle Ages by the Monks of Kirkstead Abbey as part of the Brainley Hall Estate.
An uneven-aged semi-natural woodland, Shirtcliff Wood is mainly dominated by Oak, Ash and Svcamore. Other tree and shrub species include Elm, Alder, Willow, Holly and Hawthorn. The wood has a rich ground flora including thirteen ancient woodland indicators.
Access to the woodland is good and it is an important recreational resource for those living nearby.
Under the Fuelling a Revolution programme, woodland restoration and access improvement work is taking place to restore the wood to its former glory and to maximise its potential as a recreational and educational resource. Some thinning and group felling is being carried out in order to create a more varied woodland structure and to encourage the regeneration of native trees, particularly Oak. Sycamore, a non-native and highly invasive species of which there is currently an abundance in the understorey, is being especially favoured for removal. Another non-native and highly invasive species, Japanese Knotweed, is present in places and this is also being controlled.
Access to the wood, although already good, will be further improved by upgrading the path system and creating resting places with seating. Work is also required to reduce problems of litter and fly tipping and vandalism in the form of fires. A length of drystone wall is to be constructed in order to restore the historic boundaries of the wood and prevent unauthorized access by motorcycles and horses. Finally, the potential of the site as an educational and recreational resource is being developed through guided walks, events relating to the natural history and historic interest of the site, children's events and practical management tasks.
Other nearby Heritage Woodlands are: