Meetings and trips

Indoor meetings are usually held in the Sheffield University Hicks Building Lecture Theatre 5, 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 and finish by 9:30pm, and are free to members; non-members welcome, a £2 fee applies for temporary membership.

Meetings for the year 2018 are as follows :





January 10th Ron Marshall Spain

Hicks Building LT5

February 14th Mark James Pearson Can Bird Observatories Thrive in the Modern Era? Hicks Building LT5
March 14th AGM Including 2017 Review of the Year Hicks Building LT5
April 11th

Peter Garrity

Tobago Hicks Building LT5
May 9th Richard Baines The North Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project Hicks Building LT5
September 12th Iolo Williams The Birds of Wales The Diamond
October 10th Tim Birkhead The Sex Life of Birds Hicks Building LT5
November 14th Jack Ashton-Booth; Thomas Grose, Mark Thomas Investigating Raptor Persecution in the Peak District Hicks Building LT5
December 12th Mike Pilsworth A Year on the Humber Hicks Building LT5

2019 Programme of meetings are as follows :





 January 9th                   Stuart Davies                                                     Spring in Michigan                                                  The Diamond TBC       
 February 13th  Keith Clarkson  Discovering Iceland  The Diamond TBC       
 March 13th  *2018 Review of the Year  Various  The Diamond TBC        
 April 10th  Richard Baines  Yorkshire Turtle Dove Project  The Diamond TBC       
 May 8th  Mary Colwell  Curlews  The Diamond TBC       
 September 11th  Mark Cocker  Our Place : Do we have time to save British Wildlife?  The Diamond TBC       
 October 9th  John Reilly  New Guinea - The Evolution of Paradise  The Diamond TBC       
 November 13th  Bob Croxton  Eastern Europe  The Diamond TBC       
 December 11th  Lucy Mitchell  The Nightjar  The Diamond TBC       


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



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 2018: 

March Derwentdale Raptors
April Orgreave Lakes - Waders & Wagtails Waders and Wagtails
May Padley Gorge Spring Migrants
June Hallam Moors Crepuscular Creep Moorland Birds
October Redmires Reservoirs Visible Migration
December Pit-house West Winter Highlights

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.