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.



Indoor Meeting - Wednesday 14th Feb at 7.15pm 

Mark James Pearson

Can Bird Observatories Thrive in the Modern Era?


Cape May morning flight watch

Inspired by his ongoing work at a UK Bird Observatory (Filey), this thought-provoking talk sees Mark discussing the challenges, innovations and unique stories exclusively gathered from a diverse cast of international bird observatories during his recent research. 

An invitation to speak and take part in workshops at the International Bird Observatories Conference in Cape May, USA in October 2017, combined with recent commissions from British Birds magazine (and others) to spotlight the issues and roles of observatories, has led to Mark developing this unique illustrated talk, with exclusive insights into the present state of play, and future prospects, of the bird observatory family.

This talk works best as a discussion, so feel free to chip in as we go along! 


Cape May Hawkwatch platform



Filey Bird Obs as seen by an approaching migrant


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SBSG 2018 Calendar

Now available!

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This A3 full colour calendar features the top 12 images from 2017 chosen by members from the Photo of the Month item in the SBSG e-newsletter. The calendar includes a “dates for your diary” section in each month which shows all of the 2018 indoor meetings and field trips. It also features a “what to look out for” section identifying topical species that could be seen in each month.

An absolute bargain for members at the cost price of £5.00 and would make an ideal Christmas gift. An A3 card envelope is provided. The calendars will be available at the December indoor meeting or alternatively contact a committee member by email to reserve your copy now. There are only 50 available.



Good news for younger members.

Free membership is now available for persons under the age of 25.  The age limit was previously 22.  And it’s available regardless of whether you’re in full time education or not.  Existing members should by now have received revised membership certificates from Martin Hodgson, the Membership Secretary.  If you haven’t but you think you ought to have, or if you are a paying member who now qualifies for free membership, please contact him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.


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: