Events

All events including Walks, Field Trips by coach, Indoor meetings, are open to all. Field trips should be booked in advance; contact details are given in each listing. Please be aware that you should be suitably equipped for all field trips. Stout boots, a hat, gloves, warm and waterproof clothing are all advisable. Some reserves that we visit will have restricted Cafe facilities, so bringing a packed lunch and a warm/cold drink is also a good idea.

October 2021

Thu
7

Indoor Meeting - Steve Davies: The Peak District Raptor Group

Location: Zoom meeting - access details to be provided directly to members nearer the time.

Steve is a founder member of the Peak District Raptor Monitoring Group, a small but dedicated group of volunteer field workers. Under license from the BTO and Natural England, they monitor and ring birds of prey and owls in the Peak District. Their aim is to maintain records, participate in surveys and identify potential threats as they arise.

Tonight's talk about the work of the group will be given by Steve and/or one of his colleagues.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Price: £3 donation per person

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
13

Midweek Walk - Rivelin Valley

Location: Meet 10.00am at bottom of Rivelin Valley Road, below the fire station. After crossing Hillsborough Corner continue along Holme Lane and take the first left after the Supertram stop onto Rivelin Valley Road. Grid Reference: SK326891
Postcode: S6 5FE (Google map)

A Wednesday morning walk in the lower part of the Rivelin Valley led by Sue Shaw.

The River Rivelin and its associated millponds are home to grey heron, dipper, grey wagtail and kingfisher whilst in the woodlands can be found nuthatch, treecreeper, blackbird, long-tailed tit, siskin and goldcrest. It's also worth keeping an eye and ear out for ravens flying overhead.

As well as its wildlife, the history of the area is of considerable interest. Dating from between the 16th and 19th centuries are the remains of 20 watermills and 21 mill dams which played a key role in the development of Sheffield's cutlery and steel industry. As these industries became less dependent on waterpower, the mills moved to more accessible areas of the city and the valley has slowly been reclaimed by nature.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
17

Coach Trip - Tophill Low

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row.

Please note that our usual parking area just behind the Students Union is currently a building site. There is limited parking on Brown Street and Arundel Street at a cost of £2 on Sundays. Alternatively there is another car park a little further up Sidney Street at a cost of £4 on Sundays (card payment only).
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Yorkshire Water's award-winning Tophill Low nature reserve is a haven for wildlife. There are 12 hides, all with unique vantage points over ponds, marshes and reservoirs. The two reservoirs have been declared as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and are nationally important for birds, especially migrating wildfowl in winter. There is an information centre on site where you can learn more about the wildlife in this area.

Please note that whilst we are very much hoping to go ahead with this trip, circumstances may mean that it is not possible. Also, forthcoming technical changes to the RSPB events listing system may mean that changes to event listings on the website will soon become difficult - if not impossible. Please contact the Group for further information if this listing has not been updated nearer the time of the meeting.

Time: 8:00 am

Price: Adults £13; Children under 16 accompanied by an adult - half price

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
23

Weekend Walk - Shirebrook Valley

Location: Meet 10.00am in Shirebrook Valley car park, Woodhouse. To find this, take A57 Mosborough Parkway and then turn left at Coisley Hill roundabout onto Sheffield Road and then almost immediately right into Stone Lane. The car park is on the right a little way along this. Grid Reference: SK413843
Postcode: S13 7BR (Google map)

A Saturday morning walk in the Shirebrook Valley led by Helen & John Ensor.

The valley is located in south-east Sheffield, about four miles from the city centre. Its Local Nature Reserve, which covers approximately 100 acres, is based around the former Coisley Hill sewage works which closed in the early 1990s, after which a reclamation scheme turned the site into a wildlife area.

The Shire Brook runs west to east through the valley on its way to join the River Rother near Beighton. The course of the Brook has altered over the years, sometimes naturally but more often because of human intervention. In order to power water wheels, water from the Brook and other streams was collected using a network of dams and channels. Most of these can still be found and some, such as at Carr Forge Dam in the centre of the site and which dates from Tudor times, are still large ponds. Further ponds were created during the reclamation and these, along with Carr Forge Dam, are home to grey heron, moorhen, coot and kingfisher as well as water vole, dragonflies and amphibians - including the endangered great crested newt.

Extensive woodland planting took place in the late 1980s and early 1990s, especially alongside the new Mosborough Parkway and around the former sewage works. Further trees and shrubs including hawthorn, elder and birch have self-seeded over former industrial sites and old meadows. These woodlands provide food and nesting sites for many birds including jay, willow tit and song thrush. The feeders near the Visitor Centre can be a good place to spot many of these.

Towards the eastern end of the reserve is a landscaped former landfill site called Linley Bank Meadow - now home to skylarks and meadow pipits and a good location for soaring buzzards.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

November 2021

Thu
4

Indoor Meeting - Alasdair McKee: An Osprey in a Shopping Bag - the Return of a Raptor

Location: Zoom meeting - access details to be provided directly to members nearer the time.

Alasdair McKee of the RSPB and Cumbria Wildlife Trust works closely with ospreys in south Cumbria. He will be talking about how this most charismatic bird of prey has returned from extinction in England over the last twenty years, tell the story of a remarkable conservation success in Cumbria and beyond and perhaps even explain where the shopping bag comes in!

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Price: £3 donation per person

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
10

Midweek Walk - Beauchief

Location: Meet 10.00am at the junction of Bradway Road and Hemper Lane, Bradway. Grid Reference: SK335808
Postcode: S17 4RQ (Google map)

A Wednesday morning walk around the Beauchief area with its extensive woodlands and open parkland led by Linda Whitehead & Chris Whitehouse.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
14

Coach Trip - RSPB Frampton Marsh

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row.

Please note that our usual parking area just behind the Students Union is currently a building site. There is limited parking on Brown Street and Arundel Street at a cost of £2 on Sundays. Alternatively there is another car park a little further up Sidney Street at a cost of £4 on Sundays (card payment only).
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

The RSPB's nature reserve at Frampton Marsh near Boston includes reedbeds, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland. We can expect to see large numbers of returning brent geese grazing on the saltmarsh and may also be lucky enough to see kingfishers on the wetland pools or tidal creeks. For further details of what we might see, please refer to the report from our visit to this site in November 2018 in the Trip Reports section of this website.

Whilst we are very much hoping to be able to go ahead with this trip, changing circumstances may mean that it is not possible. Also, forthcoming technical changes to the RSPB events listing system may mean that changes to event listings on the website will soon become difficult - if not impossible. Please contact the Group for further information if this listing has not been updated nearer the time of the meeting.

Time: 8:00 am

Price: Adults £13; Children under 16 accompanied by an adult - half price

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

December 2021

Thu
2

Indoor Meeting - Social Evening

Location: Zoom meeting - access details to be provided directly to members nearer the time.

We are hoping to hold this year's Christmas social evening using Zoom. Further details will be provided directly to members nearer the time.

N.B. Forthcoming technical changes to the RSPB events listing system may mean that making changes to event listings on the website will become difficult - if not impossible. Please contact the Group for further information if this listing has not been updated nearer the time of the meeting.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Price: £3 per person donation

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
8

Midweek Walk - Rother Valley Country Park

Location: Meet 10.00am on Valley Road, Killamarsh. Right turn off B6056 opposite Nethergreen Working Mens Club. Grid reference: SK458813
Postcode: S21 1EB (Google map)

A Wednesday morning walk around part of Rother Valley Country Park led by Peter Wingfield.

Converted from former opencast mine workings, the Country Park covers 750 acres and contains a wide variety of habitats including the River Rother, three lakes, woodland, hedgerows and grassland. As a result, it attracts many different bird species; more than 260 of which have been recorded in the 30 years since the Park opened.

Wildfowl can be found on all three lakes but the 'Nature Lake' - properly known as Meadowgate Lake - is the least disturbed. Species here can include mallard, wigeon, teal, pochard, tufted duck, gadwall, goldeneye, goosander, shelduck, shoveler, mute swan, great-crested and little grebes and Canada goose.

Other habitats consist of a mixture of trees, hedgerows and more open areas. Species here can include goldfinch, mistle thrush, bullfinch, song thrush, green and great spotted woodpeckers, long-tailed tit, lesser redpoll, yellowhammer, goldcrest, pied wagtail and siskin. Redwings and fieldfares can be present in large numbers in the winter months and the bird feeding station behind the main Visitor Centre courtyard occasionally attracts brambling. Birds of prey are frequent with typical species being sparrowhawk, buzzard and kestrel.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

January 2022

Thu
6

Indoor Meeting - Peter Bull: Lockdown Garden Birding

Location: Zoom meeting - access details to be provided directly to members nearer the time.

We're starting 2022 with a speaker new to the group. Peter Bull is a local man who lives in the Peak District and who, like many of us, over the period of lockdown has kept a photographic record of the flora and fauna in his garden and nearby countryside.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Price: £3 donation per person

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
12

Midweek Walk - Parkwood Springs

Location: Meet at Parkwood Springs car park off Cooks Wood Road, Shirecliffe. To reach this, turn left at the traffic lights at the top of Rutland Road. Grid reference: SK353895
Postcode: S3 9AB (Google map)

A Wednesday morning walk around this amazing 'wild' space just over a mile north of the centre of Sheffield led by Louise & Peter Bull. There is a range of habitats including open parkland, heathland, areas of ancient woodland and Little Pear Tree Field - a wildlife garden off Cooks Wood Road.

On our Group's three previous walks in the area we have seen a good mix of common and somewhat less common birds including sparrowhawk, kestrel, mistle thrush, jay, long-tailed tit, linnet, siskin, goldfinch and bullfinch.

As well as its wildlife, the elevated nature of the area means that it provides spectacular views across the city and out into the Peak District National Park as well as in the opposite direction towards Wincobank and the Lower Don Valley.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

February 2022

Thu
3

Indoor Meeting - Ashley Grove: Shetland to Scilly

Location: Zoom meeting - access details to be provided directly to members nearer the time.

We welcome back Ashley Grove who has given us some excellent talks in the past. As the title suggests, we journey the full length of the British Isles from the Arctic climate of Shetland to the Mediterranean climate of the Isles of Scilly - in the process discovering more than 130 of the UK's wonderful wildlife species.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Price: £3 donation per person

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
6

Coach Trip - Far Ings

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row.

Please note that our usual parking area just behind the Students Union is currently a building site. There is limited parking on Brown Street and Arundel Street at a cost of £2 on Sundays. Alternatively there is another car park a little further up Sidney Street at a cost of £4 on Sundays (card payment only).
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

A legacy of the brick and tile industry, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Far Ings nature reserve lies on the south bank of the Humber, just to the west of the Humber bridge. In addition to the open waters of Ness Lake, there are large areas of reedbed, grassland, hedgerow and scrub. The Visitor Centre gives panoramic views across the reserve and the estuary, along with a gift shop and refreshments.

There are bitterns on the reserve all year round and these can be seen in various places. A good location to try is the double-decker hide near Ness End Farm from where this species is seen on a regular though infrequent basis - they are very shy birds and very good at hiding.

Other birds that we might encounter at the time of our visit include a range of wildfowl, snipe and other waders, kingfisher, tree sparrow and winter thrushes.

Time: 8:00 am

Price: Adults £13; Children under 16 accompanied by an adult - half price

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
9

Midweek Walk - Whirlow

Location: Meet in the lay-by at the entrance to Whirlow Brook Park. To reach this, take a right turn off the A625 Ecclesall Road South, a few hundred yards after the junction with the road up from Beauchief. Grid reference: SK311827
Postcode: S11 9QE (Google map)

A Wednesday morning walk around the Whirlow area led by Jean & John Coulson.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

March 2022

Thu
3

Indoor Meeting - Ian Newton: Iceland

Location: We are planning for this to be our first 'live' meeting following our series of Zoom meetings. Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.

Land of fire, ice and waterfalls, Iceland is famous for its active geology, huge cascading waterfalls and glaciers. It is also famous for the rare birds which breed there and some of the best whale watching in Europe. Ian gives us a photographic tour of this unique landscape.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Price: £3 for Group Members, £4 for Non-members and RSPB national members who are not Group members, Children accompanied by an adult - FREE

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
20

Coach Trip - Filey Dams & Brigg

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row.

Please note that our usual parking area just behind the Students Union is currently a building site. There is limited parking on Brown Street and Arundel Street at a cost of £2 on Sundays. Alternatively there is another car park a little further up Sidney Street at a cost of £4 on Sundays (card payment only).
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

The rocky headland of Filey Brigg is important both for wintering waders such as purple sandpiper and breeding seabirds including guillemot, razorbill and possibly puffin. It also provides an excellent vantage point from which to spot divers, grebes and sea ducks and even passing whales and porpoises. In addition, lots of smaller migrating birds can be seen in the spring, as for example on our last visit at this time of year when we saw a splendid male black redstart.

Filey Dams, a short distance away on the far edge of the town, is a quiet gem consisting of freshwater lagoons surrounded by marsh and grassland. A short walk from the car park and the adjacent hide takes in a small copse with nestboxes used by tree sparrows, and leads along a boardwalk to a pond-dipping platform at the edge of a quiet pool. All three British species of newt occur here - smooth, palmate and great-crested, the latter in nationally important numbers. Further along the boardwalk, at East Pool hide, close views can be had of water birds such as little grebe and waders.

Time: 8:00 am

Price: Adults £13; Children under 16 accompanied by an adult - half price

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
23

Midweek Walk - Greno Woods

Location: Meet in the car park off Woodhead Road, Grenoside. To find this, turn left off the A61 Halifax Road at traffic lights onto Salt Box Lane, then second right onto Main Street through Grenoside village. At the far end of the village, the road bears left and becomes Woodhead Road. The car park is about half a mile along on the left. Grid reference: SK325950
Postcode: S35 8RS (Google map)

A Wednesday morning walk through Greno Woods led by Ann Shawley.

Situated on the northern fringe of Sheffield, Greno Woods is an ancient woodland, rich in wildlife and one of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust's largest reserves.

A survey in spring 2015 found 50 bird species including great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest and treecreeper. Crossbill is a winter visitor.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

April 2022

Thu
7

Indoor Meeting - Rose and Alex Kryz: Galapagos

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.

In January 2019, Group members Rose and Alex Krzyz set off on the journey of a lifetime.

Heading southwest, they took the long flight to Quito, capital of Ecuador, which is built on the foundations of an ancient Inca city. Here they visited the cloud forest before travelling further west to the Galapagos Islands, home to many unique species and famed as an inspiration for the work of Charles Darwin.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Price: £3 for Group Members, £4 for Non-members and RSPB national members who are not Group members, Children accompanied by an adult - FREE

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
13

Midweek Walk - Graves Park

Location: Meet at the junction of Hemsworth Road and Derbyshire Lane in Norton. Grid reference: SK354827
Postcode: S8 8LR (Google map)

A Wednesday morning walk around Graves Park led by Carol & Chris Brydone.

Even in a city with so many parks, Graves Park stands out as one of the larger ones and a good place to see a variety of birds and other wildlife. It has a mix of open ground and semi-natural woodland, through which several streams flow in valleys. One of these has been dammed to create a chain of three small lakes.

Birds seen by our Group on previous visits to the park have included tufted duck, goosander, sparrowhawk, grey wagtail, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, snipe and bullfinch, not forgetting the noisy and colourful ring-necked parakeets for which the area is well known.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
17

Coach Trip - Burton Mere

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row.

Please note that our usual parking area just behind the Students Union is currently a building site. There is limited parking on Brown Street and Arundel Street at a cost of £2 on Sundays. Alternatively there is another car park a little further up Sidney Street at a cost of £4 on Sundays (card payment only).
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Part of the RSPB's Dee Estuary reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands straddles the border between England and Wales. Its mosaic of freshwater lagoons, wet grasslands and woodland lies mainly on former arable fields - land which was historically part of the estuary. Parts of the former farmland have been retained and are now managed firmly with wildlife in mind, for example using cover crops which provide food and shelter for flocks of farmland birds.

The whole area is bursting with wildlife and, at the time of our visit, we should hopefully see lapwings, herons, avocets, harriers, redshanks and kingfishers. The pools and ditches provide ample food for egrets, with one of the country's largest colonies of little egret nesting in an adjacent woodland. Less common great-white and cattle egrets have also become regular visitors. A modest reedbed supports bearded tits and an abundance of warblers in spring.

Time: 8:00 am

Price: Adults £13; Children under 16 accompanied by an adult - half price

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
23

Weekend Walk - Holmebrook Valley Park

Location: Meet in car park off Watermeadow Lane, Newbold, Chesterfield. To find this, turn off the A61 at Sheepbridge and right at the bottom of the slip road. Then turn left at a t-junction before turning right onto the B6050 Dunstone Road. At the crossroads, turn left onto the B6051 Newbold Road and, finally, second right onto Watermeadow Lane. Grid reference: SK355730
Postcode: S41 8XP (Google map)

A Saturday morning visit to Holmebrook Valley Park in north Chesterfield led by Elaine Stuart & Steve Ball.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

May 2022

Thu
5

Indoor Meeting - Connor Jameson: The Goshawk

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.

Based on his book, 'Looking for the Goshawk' Connor describes his search for this fearsome raptor. Looking back at historical references, researching facts and figures and talking to birders and gamekeepers, Conor travels the length and breadth of the UK seeking the truth about this most elusive of our birds of prey.

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm

Price: £3 for Group Members, £4 for Non-members and RSPB national members who are not Group members, Children accompanied by an adult - FREE

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
7

Weekend Walk - Padley Gorge (Famous Padley Birdsong Walk)

Location: Park near the top of Padley Gorge on the B6054 Fox House to Grindleford road, by the gate leading down to the river just across the road from Granby Discovery Barn. Grid reference: SK258800
Postcode: S11 7TZ (Google map)

This year's 'Famous Padley Birdsong Walk' will be led by Neil Fawson.

About eight miles south-west of Sheffield, Padley Gorge is the deep, narrow valley of a steeply plunging section of the Burbage Brook.

Our walk through the valley's woodlands will focus particularly on the summer visitors which include pied flycatcher, wood warbler, garden warbler and blackcap. We will also look for other summer visitors - wheatear, cuckoo, redstart and tree pipit - on the top edge of the woods where the trees are more widely spaced. Other species we might see include sparrowhawk, mandarin duck, grey wagtail, great spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, siskin, nuthatch and treecreeper. Plus, the woods themselves should be looking lovely - with bluebell, greater stitchwort and yellow archangel in full flower.

Please note that the meeting place differs from that in previous years.

Time: 8am - approx 11am

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
11

Midweek Walk - Old Moor

Location: Meet in the reserve car park. To reach this, leave the M1 at J36 and take the A6195 'Deane Valley Parkway' towards Doncaster. After a series of roundabouts, take the A6023 and Old Moor is signposted on the left. Grid reference: SE423022
Postcode: S73 0YF (Google map)

Old Moor is a popular wetland reserve in the Dearne Valley, ten miles to the north-east of Sheffield and run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. This year's visit is led by John Clifton.

The wide range of habitats including reedbeds, lakes, wader scrapes, ponds, hedgerow, meadows and wet grassland means that there is always something to see. Star birds include bittern, bearded tit, kingfisher and tree sparrow. Sand martins arrive in spring to use the man-made nesting holes and peregrine is often present in search of a meal. Other birds seen by our Group on previous visits include oystercatcher, turnstone, redshank, dunlin, common sandpiper and whimbrel as well as newly arrived swifts and a visiting black tern.

The morning will involve a walk around the perimeter of the reserve. Following a packed lunch or a visit to the café, the afternoon will be spent on the reserve itself, including visiting the hides.

Time: 10am, staying on into the afternoon

Price: No charge for the guided walk but any attendees who are not members of the national RSPB will need to pay an entrance fee for the afternoon - currently £5 per person.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
15

Coach Trip - Attenborough

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row.

Please note that our usual parking area just behind the Students Union is currently a building site. There is limited parking on Brown Street and Arundel Street at a cost of £2 on Sundays. Alternatively there is another car park a little further up Sidney Street at a cost of £4 on Sundays (card payment only).
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's Attenborough reserve covers an extensive area of former gravel pits along the north bank of the River Trent. May is a great time to visit the area's lakes, meadows and woodlands - with a good variety of warblers in full song as well as kingfishers and a wide variety of waterfowl. There is also the possibility of rarer terns, our last group visit in 2019 having produced a little tern.

As well as a Nature Centre with a cafe and shop, the reserve has four hides. Particularly notable is the Sand Martin Hide just behind the Visitor Centre which provides nesting opportunities for up to 150 sand martins each summer. Not far away, the Tower Hide offers a 360° view of the surrounding landscape including a ridge and furrow grassland which provides great wader habitat. This is also the best place to see bittern, which bred here successfully for the first time in Nottinghamshire in 2015.

Time: 8:00 am

Price: Adults £13; Children under 16 accompanied by an adult - half price

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
18

Midweek Walk - Burbage

Location: Meet at Upper Burbage Bridge on the Ringinglow to Hathersage road. Grid reference: SK261830

Postcode: S32 1BR (Google map)

This Wednesday morning visit to the Upper Burbage Valley is led by Neil Fawson.

In common with Stanage immediately to the north, Burbage is renowned for its ring ouzels - also known as the 'Mountain Blackbird'. These summer visitors arrive in their breeding grounds in late March; heading back to southern Spain and Morocco in the early autumn. Other birds that might be encountered include stonechat, reed bunting and willow warbler.

Time: 10 am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

June 2022

Wed
1

Midweek Walk - Tideswell Dale

Location: Meet Tideswell Dale pay & display car park - on the left off the B6049 Tideswell to Millers Dale road, about half a mile on from the turning to Litton. Grid reference: SK154742
Postcode: SK17 8QH (Google map)

An all day walk around Tideswell Dale led by Helen Foley. Please bring a packed lunch.

Time: 10am - approx 3:30pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
12

Coach Trip - Rutland Water

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row.

Please note that our usual parking area just behind the Students Union is currently a building site. There is limited parking on Brown Street and Arundel Street at a cost of £2 on Sundays. Alternatively there is another car park a little further up Sidney Street at a cost of £4 on Sundays (card payment only).
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

This Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust nature reserve, at the western end of the Rutland Water, is an outstanding 1000 acre haven for wildlife in the heart of England. A network of lagoons, wetlands, grasslands and woodlands provides a home for water birds, birds of prey, woodland wildlife and more.

The reservoir as a whole provides one of the most important wildfowl sanctuaries in Great Britain, regularly holding in excess of 25,000 ducks, geese and swans in the winter and is internationally recognized as an important wetland site. It is also home to the Rutland Osprey Project which, in 2001, celebrated the first osprey chick to fledge in Central England for 150 years. At the time of our visit these magnificent birds of prey will be hard at work; generally with the female sitting with the chicks on the nest while the male is off catching fish.

There may hopefully also be a chance to catch the gentle purring of the now rare turtledove, the haunting cry of the cuckoo or the trilling of the nightingale - though early mornings and dusk are best for these. There will be plenty of activity in the reedbeds and on the lagoons with their numerous waterfowl and waders which include breeding avocets.

There are more than 30 birdwatching hides on this extensive reserve, scattered along trails leading from the two visitor centres, meaning that it's almost impossible to experience the area fully in a single day. Our visit will probably be split into two parts with a longer visit to the main Egleton part of the reserve combined with a shorter period to the Lyndon area which provides the best views of the ospreys, including on a 'nest-cam'.

Time: 8:00 am

Price: Adults £13; Children under 16 accompanied by an adult - half price

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

September 2022

Wed
7

Midweek Walk - Orgreave

Location: Meet near Treeton Cricket and Football Club on Washfield Lane. To find this, exit the A630 Sheffield Parkway onto the B6533 Poplar Way. Go straight on at the roundabout and then left at the t-junction onto the B6066 at Catcliffe. At the next roundabout, turn right onto the B6067 Treeton Lane, then right again near Treeton Church onto Church Lane and finally right into Washfield Lane. Grid reference: SK431875
Postcode: S60 5PU (Google map)

A Wednesday morning walk around Orgreave Lakes led by Helen and John Ensor.

Like so many of South Yorkshire's birding sites, the Orgreave area is a remnant of the coal industry. Its mixture of river, lakes, open ground and woodland is now proving attractive to a wide range of birds and developing as one of the more regularly watched and potentially interesting sites in our area.

The lakes are home to a wide range of wildfowl and waders at the lake edges can include lapwing, common sandpiper, ringed plover and oystercatcher as well as the possibility of some less common species. The River Rother, which runs along the edge of the area is home to kingfisher and grey heron and the mixture of young woodland and rough grassland surrounding the lakes holds a variety of smaller birds.

Time: 10am - approx 1pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

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Coach Trip - RSPB Saltholme

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Time: 8:00 am

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