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 Meetings & Field Trips

Next zoom meeting on Weds 8th September 

Mike Dilger - "So you want to be a Wildlife Presenter?"

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Being a TV presenter who pontificates about wildlife seems like a fun and exciting gig. It is also a very public job with all the pressures that brings, and just like Marmite, everyone either loves them or hates them! Having worked as a presenter on a variety of programmes across a number of channels, puts Mike in a unique position to talk about the hard work, attributes and resilience needed to make a living from this uniquely bizarre profession.


Joining details will be in the Sept Newsletter

This is a joint meeting with Sorby Natural History Society.

We are asking members who intend to join the meeting to contact us by email before a deadline of Sunday 29 August. This will allow us to assess overall attendance and ensure we can accommodate everyone on the evening.

Please email the membership secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



















The Sheffield Lakeland Partnership is currently asking for feedback on their recent new signage at Redmires regarding the protection of Water Voles from dogs off a lead. As this also has implications for local breeding birds, we are encouraging members who visit Redmires to provide feedback of their views on this subject to the email address provided: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Water Vole Sign

Reservoir Dogs

Bird Surveys on Stanage / North Lees Estate

The Ring Ouzels are back and we will be repeating the transect surveys done in 2016 under the guidance of Kim Leyland. Fortunately there are enough SBSG and BMC volunteers to cover these without a need for anymore this year .

Woodland Surveys on the estate are also covered by existing volunteers and three new recruits from the Hope Valley Bird Group will join us and also help with Pied Flycatcher and Redstart nestbox monitoring. 
Note that due to Larch tree infections a large amount of Stanage plantation will have to be taken out this year, but after the breeding season.

The Management plan for the next 5 years will include water vole , bat and reptile surveys. Hopefully we can engage other groups to look at Bumblebee and butterfly surveys on the hay meadows however Frances Horsford the Peak Park ecologist is keen to do some Curlew productivity work this year for which we do need help. If anyone could help out please email Frances on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and copy me in.

Thankyou  - Neil Porter.       This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Birds in the Sheffield Area 2018

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Editor: Richard Hill 

Birds in the Sheffield Area 2018 was published in December 2020 with help of the major sponsors The National Trust, Foothills and Sheffield Photographic Centre 

The cover of an Audouin's Gull at Norfolk Bridge was created by Paul Leonard and the text is interleaved with colour illustrations by Ben Green, Richard Dale and Paul Leonard. The colour photographs are courtesy of  C. Brelsford, A. Deighton, P. Garrity, R.D. Hill, M.N. Reeder, and M. Smethurst. It has a total of 195 pages. 

This edition is dedicated to the memory of Jon Hornbuckle - 1943 - 2018. 

Main Contents:

  • A review of the birding year, 2018
  • Systematic List of records for the year 2018
  • Arrival and departure dates of migrant species in 2018
  • Audouin's Gull at Norfolk Bridge - New for the Sheffield Area
  • Herring Gulls in Urban Chesterfield - A New Breeding Species
  • A Study of Breeding Sand Martins on the Lower Don 2018
  • Obituary - Jon Hornbuckle 1943 - 2018
  • A colour map of the SBSG recording area

The cost is £7 if collected, or £9.50 to include postage and packing. The report is free to qualifying members.

Anyone interested in obtaining a copy of this, or any other of our annual reports, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further details.

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The Northumbrian Garden Parrot - Pete Brown


Pete has been a birder in the Sheffield area for over 40 years and an active and involved member of the SBSG for much of that time. The Northumbrian Garden Parrot draws considerably from that experience but reflects also on his affection for bird watching in his native North East as well as further afield. There is both serious content particularly in the field of conservation issues locally and nationally as well as a lighter look at birding and birders. The narrative ranges from efforts to combat raptor persecution in the Peak District to referencing the Monty Python dead parrot sketch, Fawlty Towers and the Muppet Show’s Swedish chef in his birding encounters. 

There are many references to Sheffield Bird Study Group and indeed around 20 members of the group past and present merit appreciative mentions in the text. Frequently  the narrative returns to Pete’s local Millhouses Park and Ecclesall Woods patch. And as befits his affection for the patch all profits from the sale of The Northumbrian Garden Parrot will go towards efforts by The Friends of Millhouses Park to raise the £25,000 needed to provide a new kiddies climbing frame in the Park. 

Pete is selling the book for £10 a copy ( a bargain at 350 pages he claims). If anyone is interested in purchasing a copy, Pete, in his new career as a door to door book seller, is happy to deliver anywhere in the SBSG area.  

You can contact Pete by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or text/call on 07789 441294


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.

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: