Meetings and trips

Indoor meetings are now held in the Sheffield University 'The Diamond' building on Leavygreave Road S3 7RD (opposite St George''s Church) Lecture Theatre 2, on the second Wednesday of each month (except June, July and August) and include: an illustrated talk by an ornithologist of local or national standing, news of forthcoming events, features on identification and local habitats and recent bird news from the Sheffield area.

Meetings start at 7:15pm prompt (unless stated otherwise) and finish by 9:30pm, and are free to members; non-members welcome, a £2 fee applies for temporary membership.

2023 Programme of meetings are as follows:

Roy Twigg & the SBSG Committee





January 11th              

Alex Lees          

Vagrancy in Birds                               The Diamond LT2  
February 8th Pete Brown The Northumbrian Garden Parrot The Diamond LT2
March 8th Richard Hill 

* Richard Hill - Review of the Year 2022 & 50 Years of Rare Birds in Sheffield & AGM.

The Diamond LT2   
April 5th Ed Mayer Swifts The Diamond LT2       
May 10th Mark Thomas The Birds of Buckton The Diamond LT2       

September 13th

**Joint Meeting

Stephen Moss Avocet to Yellowhammer - How birds got their names The Diamond LT2     
October 11th Juliet Vickery Citizen Science and Bird Conservation The Diamond LT2   
November 8th Dave Gosney The State of Sheffield's Birds The Diamond LT2      

December 13th

Tim Birkhead Birds in Art The Diamond LT2       


 *Review of the Year will be followed by a number of short presentations by members

** Joint meeting with Sorby Natural History Society



The SBSG Committee reserves the right to amend the programme and/or make a small admission charge as necessary, giving as much notice as circumstances allow. 

Parking for Indoor Meetings

You will now require a staff Car Parking Permit to park in any of the University car parks. Therefore there is no visitor parking in University car parks. The University do have the Q Park on Durham Road now open and there are special evening and weekend rates in place that can be found online here.





Local field meetings for 2023: 

March Upper Derwent Valley Raptors
April Orgreave Lakes - Waders & Wagtails Waders and Wagtails
May Padley Gorge Spring Migrants
June Hallam Moors Crepuscular Creep Nightjars and Owls
October Redmires Reservoirs Visible Migration

Local field trips are free to members; non-members welcome, a £2 fee applies for temporary membership.

The SBSG Committee reserves the right to amend the programme as necessary, giving as much notice as circumstances allow.


Foreign Bird Trip Register

At a previous indoor meeting it was suggested that the membership had a wealth of knowledge and expertise around birding trips abroad. Yet that is not widely shared except when a local member gives a talk on one of their trips.

Please visit here for examples of recent trips abroad. I would suggest contributions from the last 6 years with details on the type of holiday eg family, or specific birding together with tour company /tour guide used. Contact details will be provided by those willing to share any inside info on their trip.

If anyone is willing to have their experiences logged in such a way can they contact Neil Porter on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he will update the spreadsheet for the IT team at intervals.

As an aside it might also reveal some willing speakers for a short talk in the future although that is of course entirely voluntary.