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.

Diary Dates

Indoor Meeting - Wednesday 10th February 7.15pm

Our indoor meeting on Wednesday 10th February features Tim Birkhead who be presenting "A bird's Egg: The Most Perfect Thing"

tim birkhead egg.croppedTim Birkhead has been Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Sheffield since 1992 and is internationally renowned for his research on various aspects of ornithology, notably sperm competition and his long-term study of Guillemots on Skomer. He has been a Fellow of the Royal Society since 2004 and has published over a dozen books, including the acclaimed Bird Sense, The Wisdom of Birds and his seminal study of The Magpies. An accomplished lecturer, Tim was awarded the prize for best UK University Bioscience Teacher in 2013 and in 2015 won the Eisenmann Medal from the Linnaean Society of New York for excellence in ornithology and encouragement amateur ornithologists. We've been fortunate to enjoy several of Tim's previous talks to the Group, which have always been a highlight of the programme, and this one - which explores the subject of a forthcoming book - should prove another memorable night.

Sheffield University Hicks Building LT5

A Night with Andy Rouse - Thursday 25th February 8.00pm

Scarborough RUFC

As a tribute to his friend, Mick Carroll, the Internationally acclaimed photographer Andy Rouse, will be showcasing his favourite wildlife images 

Tickets are available here


Yorkshire Naturalists' Union Conference

19th March 2016

The Yorkshire Naturalists' Union conference is taking place on the 19th March 2016 at York University on the theme "Names, Knowledge and Natural History – the importance of modern taxonomy to the amateur naturalist". For more information please visit the conference page on our website. If you or any of your members would like to offer a talk or poster on any aspect of the conference theme, please contact me.

Paula Lightfoot, Yorkshire Naturalists Union


Birds in the Sheffield Area, 2013 - Annual Report now available 

2013 report coverMain contents:

  • A review of the birding year, 2013
  • Systematic List of records for the year 2013 
  • Arrival and departure dates of migrant species in 2013 
  • The Two-barred Crossbill influx - Broomhead Reservoir 2013/14 
  • The Stuff of Dreams - Orgreave Lakes: 15th May 2013 
  • The cost to non-members 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

 The 2013 report is now available on the website in pdf format for members only, in the Publications tab

Breeding Birds of the Sheffield Area

Atlas cover smaller for HomeWhat? You haven't got a copy of the Breeding Atlas yet?

Here's what the reviews said

David Ballance, writing in Ibis "a scholarly work....analyses of species are thorough and painstaking, placing the results firmly in a national context, ingenious maps designed to show both distribution and change.

Mark Cocker, "For anyone interested in birds in the Sheffield area the book is an absolute must".

Click here for more reviews and to find out how to get yours.

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Recent Sightings

Martin Garner 

After a long brave battle with cancer our good friend Martin Garner passed away on the 29th January.  We were privileged to have Martin and his family living among us in Sheffield for ten happy years. His loss will be felt worldwide. Our sincere condolences go out to Sharon, Emily and Abigail. 

Some touching words from Andy Stoddart here

Reward offered as more birds of prey are illegally killed in the Peak District National Park

Derbyshire Police and the RSPB are appealing for information following the illegal killing of two birds of prey near to Glossop, Derbyshire. A £1000 reward has been offered by the RSPB for information leading to a conviction. For further information please visit here.

Membership Subscriptions

The New Year has been quite birdy so far, and after an excellent January indoor meeting and e-newsletter almost half of our members have already renewed their subscriptions.  A big thanks for your continuing support!  Subs remain unchanged and continue to represent great value for money at £14 individual and £16 for joint membership. We’re also maintaining our offer of free membership for under 21s (or those in full-time education). For that you get a copy of the excellent annual report, entry to all Group meetings and activities, our bi-monthly E-newsletter, and access to the members’ area of the website, which we’ll be developing further over the year ahead. And, of course, you’ll be continuing to support the Group’s efforts in recording local birds and feeding into regional and national studies and conservation efforts. For details of how to rejoin (or join!) visit here. 

Sheffield Parks Survey 2015-16 - Update

There's been a good response to the request for surveyors for those sites yet to be covered, and we're now down to two, as per the table below.

Concord Park  (S5)

Wincobank (Wood) (S9 / 375907)

If anyone is feeling some love for any of these sites, do get in touch with David Wood (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to make sure they are covered and the birds there recorded.  The minimum requirement is at least one visit in each of the four seasons, with a minimum of two visits in the breeding season.  For full details of the survey see here.


Kingfisher in Endcliffe Park (David Wood)

What to look out for in January & February

Click here to read an enlightnening article by Ron Blagden which outlines some of the target birds for the early part of next year which might be found in the area.

Stanage T-Shirt Offer

As part of a grant from Natural England we have produced T shirts and mugs to promote Ring Ouzels. They aptly depict 'Ring Ouzels Rock'! and are priced at £10 and £5 respectively.
Contact Neil Porter if you are interested.

Christmas is coming and the geese are getting........poisoned

There is an e-petition running to ask the government to ban lead ammunition which I urge you to sign if you will. See here. It is very quick and simple to do….

Research on this was published recently - The research suggests that 400 duck/geese die every day from lead poisoning in the UK!

In addition, this is also a human health issue - so anyone eating game (pheasant pate, pigeon pie, rabbit stew etc) gets a dose of lead themselves. To read the background see here . What’s more, shooters have set up a rival ‘keep lead’ petition and have achieved far more signatures than the ‘ban lead’ one! Hence the need to sign up now (to ours not theirs!!).

Thank you - Nick Brown, Enquiries Officer

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, Sandy Hill, Main Street, Middleton, Matlock, DE4 4LR 

Swift Survey 2014-15 Update

A further request for any outstanding breeding records of Swift from this year to add to the Swift Survey. Please submit these as soon as possible – visit here for guidance notes and here for preliminary results of the survey.