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

Dawn Balmer: BTO Atlas 2007 - 2011

8th October 2014, 7.15 pm, University Arts Tower LR 5

Dawn lives in the Brecks in Norfolk and is National Surveys Co-ordinator for the BTO.  She is a keen birder and ringer and enjoys local birding as well as the occasional twitch. She has been involved with OSME (the Ornithological Society of the Middle East) for many years and is a regular contributor to Sandgrouse. Dawn will no doubt cover many fascinating aspects of the magnum opus which is the  BTO Atlas. 

Annual NERF Conference for 2014
The Conference is being hosted on 16th November jointly by the South Peak Raptor Group and the Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group at The Agricultural Business Centre, Agricultural Way, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH.

Details can be found here.

For the 2014 schedule click here.

For Member login guidance click here





'Birds of the Sheffield Area' wins high praise from reviewers

The BTO describe it as an "excellent Atlas" (BTO News, May-June 2014) and the reviewer for British Birds concluded that "The editors and the Sheffield Bird Study Group are to be congratulated. This excellent book will be of wide interest, both to local birdwatchers and to all interested in the wildlife of Sheffield - an often underrated city surrounded by one of the most diverse range of bird habitats in England."'

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Surely a bargain at only £20!

Have you got your copy yet? Click here to learn how.

BTO Membership offer

The BTO is keen to increase their Membership and are offering Membership for the rest of the year for just £1. There is no obligation to stay beyond that, but I obviously hope they will want to!
There are two stories just this week that show how Member’s money benefits birds:

Understanding the reasons for decline of Spotted Flycatcher, Redstarts and Wood Warblers
Ground breaking Cuckoo tracking project

Click here to join, or find out more about the offer and our prize draw by following this link

Debbie Todd, Membership Manager

Butterfly Conservation subscription offer

The offer is half price membership for one year. You can fill in the attached form and post it to the freepost address written on it, or go to www.butterfly-conservation/join and use the code BIRD50 which will be valid for new members paying by Direct Debit until the end of October.

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This web page has all the details of what they will receive when they join, including our Butterfly magazine 3 times a year, membership to their local branch and gardening advice for butterflies and moths.

For peat's sake stop the burn! 

The beautiful peatlands of the Peak have been damaged by industrial atmospheric pollution, overgrazing, drainage and burning, and excellent is work being carried out to restore them through grazing reduction and drain blocking, but the burning for grouse shooting management continues.  Carefully managed burning does not normally cause a problem, but when it happens on deep peatlands, it can damage or destroy these fragile habitats.

To protect the peatlands read more here, and download and complete a pledge of support.

Guillemot research under threat 

Professor Tim Birkhead, a strong supporter of SBSG, has asked if we can publicise the petition below, which seeks to secure ongoing funding for his long-running study of Guillemots on Skomer, which has been cut by the Welsh government. Please support it if you can.


The SBSG's Social Network!

A reminder to members that the SBSG can now be found on social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, where you can follow the Group for updates.

For our Twitter site please visit www.twitter.com/shefbirdstudy, and for our Facebook "Fan page", please see https://www.facebook.com/SheffieldBirdStudyGroup.

Carr Vale Reports from Mark Beevers here