Welcome to the SBSG website

Sheffield Bird Study Group was formed in December 1972 as a forum for birdwatchers in and around the city with an active interest in ornithology. The group's recording area, covering twelve 10km squares with the city roughly in the middle, is hugely diverse, stretching north to the outskirts of Barnsley, south to Chesterfield, east to the lowlands beyond Rotherham and Bolsover, and west to the highest tops of the Peak District National Park.

We aim to promote an interest in birds in the community, provide something of interest to all levels of birder, co-ordinate fieldwork and recording in the area, and work with and complement the work of like-minded local and national organisations for the benefit of birds. SBSG is registered charity No 510857. click here for more.




Stanage Forum AGM

September 23rd 2pm -4pm at 

Hathersage Methodist Hall , Main Rd, Hathersage 

Neil Porter will also be setting up a stand  with Ring Ouzel reports  and info on bird surveys on the Stanage ,North Lees estate.

Stanage Forum


Indoor Meeting - Wednesday 11th Oct at 7.15pm 

Tim Jones - Spurn Bird Observatory


Tim first visited Spurn in September 2005 and has been visiting regularly since 2011. He quickly became hooked on the birding at Spurn and staying at the Observatory living there for large parts of 2013/14. 'Vismigging' quickly became a passion and you'll normally find him stood at the Warren in the morning whilst visiting Spurn counting and photographing birds flying south. Whilst not stood at the Warren Tim is a ringer and sound recorder and tries his hardest to unearth the next rarity!

Sheffield University Hicks Building - LT5




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Submitting your records

If you have submitted records recently you may have noticed that the calendar facility, when adding the date to your record, is no longer available. This has occurred following a software update, though should not affect users too adversely providing that they add the date in the specified format as shown below.As before, when entering multiple records the date needs inputting only once.


The Birdwatcher’s Yearbook 2018

OFFER to SBSG Members

The 2018 Yearbook will be published at the end of October with a cover price of £19.50. 

By way of a thank you I would like to offer you an additional £1.50 discount if you would like to purchase a copy directly from Calluna Books. This will be £15.50 including 2nd class postage. To take advantage of this offer the book should be ordered and paid for by 30th September. In the first instance, to order a copy please contact me by email (link to web site below) and I will send an invoice with payment options.

Neil Gartshore (Publisher)
Calluna Books, Moor Edge, 2 Bere Road, Wareham, Dorset BH20 4DD
T: 01929 552 560

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The National Trust and Grouse Shooting in the Peak District National Park.

In 2016, the National Trust revoked the license of the shooting tenant on the Hope Woodlands and Park Hall estates in the Peak District, much of which lies within the SBSG recording area.

While the Trust has recently advertised for tenders for a new shooting tenant on the estates, the Moorland Vision campaign has organised a petition calling for the National Trust to find a better way to manage these iconic landscapes for both people and biodiversity.
The petition currently has over 6,000 signatures, and has been supported by most of the local Wildlife groups, including the SBSG.

More information can be found here, and the petition can be found here.

Please consider supporting this important campaign.

Birds in the Sheffield Area, 2015 - Annual Report now available

Crag Martin Finalreduced

Birds of the Sheffield Area 2015

Editors: Richard Hill and David Wood

Birds in the Sheffield Area, 2015 was published in May 2017, with help of the major sponsors The National Trust, Foothills and Harrison Cameras. It has a total of 202 pages.

This edition is dedicated to the memory of Martin Garner 1964-2016

The cover of a Crag Martin was created by Paul Leonard, and the text is interleaved with full colour illustrations by Ben Green, Richard Dale, Paul Leonard and Ray Scally.

The colour photographs are courtesy of M.A. Broadland, A. Deighton, P. Garrity, C. Hallam, R. D. Hill, P. Jackson, D. Langston, M. N. Reeder, M. Sherwin, M. Smethurst, P. Stoppard, C. Tyler, R. Twigg, D. Wood and P & A Wilson.

Main Contents

  • A review of the birding year, 2015
  • Systematic List of records for the year 2015
  • Arrival and departure dates of migrant species in 2015
  • Crag Martin - New to the Sheffield Area
  • Black Stork - New to the Sheffield Area
  • Urban Breeding Lesser Black-backed Gulls in Chesterfield
  • Cetti's Warbler at Norbrigg's Flash - A New Breeding Species
  • A Survey of Breeding Swifts in Sheffield SK38 - 2014-15

The cost is £6 if collected, or £8 to include postage and packing. It's free to qualifying members.

Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of this, or any other of our annual reports, please email Martin Hodgson for further details.

Help Sheffield University and SBSG support the Sheffield Peregrines

With your help we can provide more opportunities for people to learn more about these amazing birds as well as carry out important research. You can support the Sheffield Peregrines Project by donating through the Virgin Money Giving page.

Click on this link to learn more about the plans for the project and to donate:


Help Protect Ring Ouzels


Although a very early report at Redmires  was submitted on March 7th, the first returning Ring Ouzels were back on territory at the gritstone edges of Burbage and Stanage on 21st March, so it is an appropriate time to ask for maximum protection for this declining species. Many of us will want to see the birds, and some will want to photograph them, but the best interests of the birds must come first.

In 2016, joint advice from SBSG and DOS was we believe mainly followed,  but the previous year birds around Stanage Edge, Burbage Edge and Cutthroat Bridge were unfairly put under pressure by overly zealous photographers and those straying far too close to birds and their nest sites. It was, of course, only a minority of those who enjoyed the birds but having obtained maximum cooperation from the climbing groups who use these areas, it does no good whatsoever for the reputation of the birding community if we are seen as the cause of inappropriate disturbance. The BMC paper here illustrates how we can be proud of the breeding success of our Peak District birds despite the pressure from recreational groups.

Please take care and do report any cases that cause offence

A recent piece by SPRINGWATCH can be be found 10 minutes into the programme here

Parking for Indoor Meetings

Please note the following in terms of the change in parking outside of the Hicks Building -

We have had contact from the University - they have apologised about not informing us of the change in parking policy for Zone B. This ought to allow appeals to be made to the third party provider and hopefully get any charges which were received at the January meeting rescinded. Please contact the SBSG secretary for details This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Please note that this doesn't include tickets for on street parking, which are courtesy of Sheffield City Council!

You will now require a University Staff Car Parking Permit to park in any of their car parks. Therefore there is no visitor parking in University car parks. The University do have the Q Park on Durham Road now open and there are special evening and weekend rates in place that can be found online here.