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.

Wednesday 11th May at 7.15pm 

Indoor Meeting - Romania & China


The final indoor meeting before the summer break.  Martin Hodgson steps out of Membership Secretary role to recount travels in Romania and China in 2015.

University of Sheffield - Hicks Building - LT5

Saturday 14th May at 08:30

Local field trip to Padley Gorge. A walk down Padley gorge with Ron Blagden to see (and hear) summer migrants of the wooded cloughs and moorland fringe. Specialities of the site include Pied Flycatcher, Redstart and Tree Pipit, with Wood Warbler and Cuckoo also possible.

Parking is on B6521 Fox House to Grindleford road. Meet below Longshaw Lodge at approx SK258800. Sturdy footwear recommended.

£2 contribution from non-members requested.

Saturday 11th & Wednesday 15th June

Stanage and Burbage Valley Birdwatching Events

For those wishing to get a guided tour of upland and moorland birds including Ring Ouzel, there are two events in June .
On June 11th Bill Gordon will lead a Ring Ouzel walk at Stanage .
On June 15th  you can ' Discover Birds in the  Burbage valley'. 
Details of both  are in the following  links:-


Wednesday 15th June at 20:30

Local field trip to Hallam Moors.  Our annual ‘Crepuscular Creep’ will walk from the top of Wyming Brook, up to Redmires and out onto Hallam Moors in the hope of seeing breeding waders and perhaps owls. Meet 20:30 at Wyming Brook top car park (approx. SK270860) for c.2 hours’ walk.  Sturdy footwear and insect repellent recommended.

£2 contribution from non-members requested. 

Breeding Birds of the Sheffield Area

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Recent Sightings


Birds in the Sheffield Area, 2014 - Annual Report now available

Editors: Richard Hill and David Wood 


Birds in the Sheffield Area, 2014 was published in February 2016, with help of the major sponsors The National Trust, Foothills and Harrison Cameras.

The cover of a Nightjar was created by Paul Leonard, and the text is interleaved with illustrations by Ben Green, Richard Dale, Paul Leonard and Ray Scally. The photographs are courtesy of A. Deighton, P. Garrity, R.D. Hill, A. Jones, M.N. Reeder, D. Simmonite, M. Smethurst and D. Wood.


Main Contents

  • A review of the birding year, 2014
  • Systematic List of records for the year 2014
  • Arrival and departure dates of migrant species in 2014
  • Glossy Ibis - New to the Sheffield Area
  • 'Siberian' Lesser Whitethroat at Nether Edge
  • Breeding Success for Hen Harriers
  • The cost is £6 if collected, or £8 to include postage and packing. It's free for 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.

Ron Blagden account of the March Derwentdale field trip

Please visit here for Ron's summary of the field trip highlights

Best Protection for Ring Ouzels

In only a few days now, we will be getting reports of our first returning Ring Ouzels so it is an appropriate time to ask for maximum protection for this declining species. Many of us will want to see the birds, and some will want to photograph them, but the best interests of the birds must come first.

Last year, birds around Stanage Edge, Burbage Edge and Cutthroat Bridge were unfairly put under pressure by overly zealous photographers and those straying far too close to birds and their nest sites. It was, of course, only a minority of those who enjoyed the birds but having obtained maximum cooperation from the climbing groups who use these areas, it does no good whatsoever for the reputation of the birding community if we are seen as the cause of inappropriate disturbance. Please take care and do report any cases that cause offence.

(per DOS March Newsletter)

Scarce Breeding Raptors in the Peak District 2014 

Close monitoring of scarce breeding raptors in the Peak District is carried out by two groups: the South Peak Raptor Study Group (SPRSG) and the Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group (PDRMG).  Since 2011, they have combined their Annual Reports into one “Peak District Raptor Report”, which outlines the (mixed) fortunes of raptors in our area.  A summary of the key points contained in the report for 2014 can be found here. (Wendy Thomson)

John Linton-Smith

We are sad to learn of the death of John Linton-Smith from cancer – John was an active member of the Group in its early years, joint recorder for the SBSG in the mid-70s, WeBS counter for Catcliffe Flash, Treeton Dyke and Ulley Country Park from 1973 to 2004 and also a long-time stalwart of the Sorby Natural History Society. John will be best remembered for his local studies of Lapwing – his favourite bird, as well as his great expertise as a wildlife photographer. Our condolences go to his family and all his friends at the SNHS.

Martin Garner 

After a long brave battle with cancer our good friend Martin Garner passed away on the 29th January.  We were privileged to have Martin and his family living among us in Sheffield for ten happy years. His loss will be felt worldwide. Our sincere condolences go out to Sharon, Emily and Abigail. 

Some touching words from Andy Stoddart here

Sorby Breck Ringing Group

SBRG's Annual report for 2015 is now freely available to download here

Reward offered as more birds of prey are illegally killed in the Peak District National Park

Derbyshire Police and the RSPB are appealing for information following the illegal killing of two birds of prey near to Glossop, Derbyshire. A £1000 reward has been offered by the RSPB for information leading to a conviction. For further information please visit here.


Sheffield Parks Survey 2015-16 - Update

There's been a good response to the request for surveyors and all sites are now allocated. Spring will soon be upon us so please get out there and do your bit and submit records to the web-site. 

The minimum requirement is at least one visit in each of the four seasons, with a minimum of two visits in the breeding season.  For full details of the survey see here.


Kingfisher in Endcliffe Park (David Wood)

What to look out for in May & June

Click here to read an informative article by Ron Blagden which outlines some of the target birds for the two months which might be found in the area.

Stanage T-Shirt Offer

As part of a grant from Natural England we have produced T shirts and mugs to promote Ring Ouzels. They aptly depict 'Ring Ouzels Rock'! and are priced at £10 and £5 respectively.
Contact Neil Porter if you are interested.