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

Wednesday 14th October

Indoor meeting: Hicks building LT3 7:15pm start

Birds of the Dark Peak by Geoff Carr

Geoff Carr is Director of the environmental consultancy Geoff Carr Ecology.  He uniquely combines his work as Ornithologist, Bird Ringer, Naturalist and Photographer with being an ex-Isle of Man TT Racer!

Geoff has birded the Barnsley area for many years and has spent considerable time studying moorland birds in the Peak District: he was heavily involved in the survey work for the Moors for the Future project and more recently has been involved with surveys in the northern Peak at Dove Stones RSPB in Longdendale.  Results from some of this work has been published in British Birds (May 2015).

Local Field Trip - vis-mig at Redmires Res.

Depending on which weekend offers the best weather conditions, the Group's annual visible migration watch will take place on either Sunday 25th October or Sunday 1st November, meeting at 07:00 - after the clocks have changed - on the corner of Soughley Lane/ Brownhills Lane (approx SK272856). Date to be confirmed nearer the time via the website. Last year's trip was low on quantity (one Fieldfare and no Redwings!) but high on quality (Snow Bunting, Raven, Pink-footed Goose and Jack Snipe). What will this year bring?


Saturday 21st November

Northern England Raptor Forum Conference

The 2015 annual Raptor Conference is being hosted by Calderdale this year, at Rishworth School Halifax.

More information and booking form here.

 Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November

North West Bird Watching Festival - WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre

Guest speakers Iolo Williams, Mark Avery, Charlie Elder, Simon Barnes, Martin Spray and Andy Rouse

Book tickets online and view full details of the event (including a downloadable PDF flyer) here  

Sunday 22nd November

Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers Annual Conference

Ravenshead Village Hall - more details and booking form available here.


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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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.

 Missing Records 12th October

Due to a *PICNIC error, all records that were submitted on the 12th October have vanished. If you did submit records on this date then please accept our apologies. We would of course be very grateful if you could find the time to submit them again.

*PICNIC - acronym: "Problem In Chair Not In Computer".

Butterfly Conservation Half Price Offer

Butterfly Conservation is a UK charity dedicated to saving butterflies, moths and our environment.

For information on a half price membership offer available to members of the SBSG, details and a membership form can be found here. 

 SBSG Breeding Atlas

Now in Weston Park Museum!

'Over South Yorkshire Skylines' at Weston Park Museum is based on the SBSG's Breeding Atlas and showcases the vast number and variety of birds that breed in and around Sheffield. Just about every Atlas species is depicted in a display situated towards the back of the Museum - just beyond the classroom on the left-hand side (see below).


The display was launched in April with a talk by David Wood and Richard Hill and will run for the next year or so. A feature on the display and its curator can be found here on the Sheffield Museums website


Help the RSPB to help Europe's wildlife

The RSPB needs your help to protect laws that protect nature throughout Europe
Find out how you can help here


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.

Sheffield Parks and Open Spaces Survey Is Go!

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