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


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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News from Stanage


Stanage & North Lees are managed by the National Park Authority in partnership with the Stanage Forum which represents the views of the many and diverse users of the Estate.

One current issue in this area is the harassment and disturbance of breeding Ring Ouzels by over zealous bird photographers.

The 'British Birds' code of practice for photographers should be followed here, and if you see examples of poor photographer behaviour, please report it to the group.

The group is ably represented on the Stanage Forum by Neil Porter, and more details can be found here.



BTO House Martin Survey 2015


Survey volunteers are needed to carry out just 3 visits during the summer to potential House Martin breeding sites in our area.

Further details can be found here



Derwentdale local field meeting : March 2015

Ron Blagdon's report of an eventful raptor watch can be found here



Annual Review 2014

The March 2015 meeting was the groups AGM, followed by Dave Wood's photographic review of the SBSG area ornithological highlights in 2014.

Available to members here, there is plenty for both the accountant and the birder to savour.

Aldwarke birds avoid the chop

Yorkshire Water (YWA) have withdrawn their application to erect a wind turbine at their Aldwarke water treatment plant. This follows objections from SBSG and RDOS. Paul Leonard should be congratulated for bringing this to the groups attention and drafting our response.
YWA are thought to be now considering a hydro scheme, utilising the adjacent River Don.

Chinese taken away

It looks as though the proposals for a Chinese theme park at Pit-house West site have been shelved. Last week Rotherham MBC advertised the site for sale. It would seem that they are continuing their search for a leisure developer as they make a point of offering the site with outline planning permission. Given that the Chinese park was the second major leisure proposal at this site we won't be holding our breath! Prospective purchasers have until 8th May to make an offer.

Sheffield Parks and Open Spaces Survey Is Go!

Just a few parks remain for selection. Check here for remaining sites.