In addition, descriptions may be required for other species at the discretion of the SBSG Recorder and/or Rarities Committee as follows:

  • An unusual or unseasonal record of a more common species
  • Certain subspecies separable in the field. e.g. Greenland Wheatear, White Wagtail, Yellow Wagtail (excluding flavissima).
  • Any species not recorded in the Sheffield Area since 1960
  • Any of the following species: White-fronted Goose, Garganey [female], Scaup [both sexes: to eliminate similar aythya - type hybrids], Slavonian Grebe, Black-necked Grebe, Shag, Red Kite, Marsh Harrier, Goshawk (away from known localities), Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull, Glaucous Gull, Little Tern, Water Pipit, Rock Pipit, Black Redstart (female/immature), Lapland Bunting and Snow Bunting.

The SBSG Records Sub-Committee still reserves the right to ask for full details of any species recorded in the area and not covered by the above guidelines.

Online Description Form - click here to open the form

Please complete it as fully as you can, then use the 'Photos/Scans' fields to attach photos and/or scans of notes and sketches. You can also attach sound recordings if you have them.

NB - you cannot save the contents of your Form as you go along, so to avoid the risk of losing your work it is advisable to write your main text entries in any text editor or word processor, and then copy them into the relevant boxes.

Clicking the 'Submit record' button will then save your form data to the online Form database. You will then be given the option to print off your Form for your records if you wish to.