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.

November 2019

Sun
17

Field Trip - RSPB Fairburn Ings

Location: This day trip is by coach, departing promptly at 8.00 am from Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2QQ

PRIOR BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL and full payment is required when booking seats on the coach, either at any indoor meeting, or by contacting Ann Shawley directly on 0748 4806 939, or by email at rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com for booking enquiries.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Join us on a coach trip to this RSPB reserve near Castleford - between Leeds, York and Wakefield. 

Over the last 60 years, Fairburn Ings has been transformed from an industrial site into an important area for breeding and wintering wildfowl. Wildfowl seen there on previous visits have included shelduck, wigeon, gadwall, teal, pintail, shoveler, pochard, tufted duck and goldeneye as well as smew and goosander.

The reserve can also support numerous waders including green sandpiper and black-tailed godwit as well as raptors such as kestrel, buzzard and red kite and both short-eared and longed-ear owls. Other birds that might be seen include mixed flocks of finches and tits plus winter visiting fieldfares and redwings gorging themselves on berries.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: £12 per person; £6 for children under 16 accompanied by an adult

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
23

Weekend Walk - Five Weirs Walk

Location: Meet: 10.00am on Blonk Street bridge, close to the centre of Sheffield. Blonk Street runs between the Wicker and Park Square and is easily reached by public transport.

Map reference: SK 359878
Postcode: S3 8BH (Google map)

An eight-mile, all-day walk along the Don Valley led by Peter Wingfield. The walk can be shortened by catching a tram from Meadowhall for the return journey.

The outward route follows the Five Weirs Walk alongside the River Don through Sheffield's East End. There is an abundance of wildlife along the route and grey heron and kingfisher may be seen, along with wildfowl and gulls. The walk also provides a fascinating insight into Sheffield's industrial past.

Please bring a packed lunch or, alternatively, eat at Meadowhall.

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

December 2019

Thu
5

Indoor Meeting - Social Evening

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

This evening we have a special guest from the RSPB who will give a talk on the Hen Harrier LIFE Project, to which our group donates funds. There will also be time when attendees can get together for a chat and enjoy a light-hearted quiz. There will be an opportunity to display your favourite photos from 2019. Drinks and snacks will be served (please note no alcohol is allowed on the premises).

Time: 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Price: £2.50 for Group Members, £4 for Non-members and RSPB national members who are not Group members

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
11

Midweek Walk - Shire Brook Valley

Location: Meet: 10.00am in Shirebrook Valley car park, Woodhouse.

Exit A57 Mosborough Parkway at Coisley Hill roundabout onto Sheffield Road and take the first right into Stone Lane - the car park is on the right.

Map reference: SK413843

Shire Brook Valley Nature Reserve extends over approximately 100 hectares and is based around the former site of the Coisley Hill Sewage Works, which closed in the early 1990s. The former manager's office has been converted into a visitors' centre.

Near the centre of the reserve is Carr Forge Dam, now joined by other ponds established in recent years. Towards the eastern side of the reserve is a landscaped former landfill site called Linley Bank Meadow - now home to skylarks and raptors. Beyond this is Beighton Marsh, an area of reed-grass swamp which supports birds such as reed bunting as well as mammals such as harvest mice and water voles. Also within the reserve is Wickfield Plantation, one of the few remaining areas of lowland heath and coppiced oak woodland inside Sheffield.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

January 2020

Thu
2

Indoor Meeting - Debbie Alston: Mammals of the Peak District

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by Debbie Alston.
Debbie is actively involved in a number of Derbyshire wildlife groups including the Derbyshire Mammal Group for which she is the county mammal recorder. This group, along with Sorby Natural History Society, has recently published the book 'Mammals of Derbyshire', of which she is co-author.

Time: 7.30 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
8

Midweek Walk - Manor Country Park

Location: Meet 10.00am in the car park on City Road. (On the left just after Pricewise Convenience Store, 525 City Road, Sheffield)
Postcode: S2 1GF (Google map)

A morning walk around this excellent park which has a variety of habitats including woodland, grassy areas and ponds where snipe have been seen on previous visits. Other species seen at this time of year have included water rail, sparrowhawk and a wide range of finches. For further details, see our Trip Report from January 2018. Even if the birds don't perform for us, Manor Country Park is also a great place from which to get views across the city.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

February 2020

Thu
6

Indoor Meeting - Mark Pearson: Filey International - Four Seasons of Arrivals and Departures on the Yorkshire Coast

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by Mark Pearson who is an enthusiastic Yorkshire coast birder associated with the Filey Bird Observatory. He will take us on a tour through the seasons along this idyllic stretch of the east coast.

Time: 7.30 pm to 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
9

Field Trip - Far Ings Nature Reserve

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row. Parking (for which there is currently a charge of £2 on Sundays) can be found immediately behind this.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Coach trip to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's reserve on the banks of the Humber at Barton-upon-Humber. The former clay pits have developed into a rich and varied habitat for birds including bittern. Immediately adjacent, there is the opportunity for wader watching on the Humber mudflats at low tide.

Our last visit yielded nearly sixty bird species including twite and willow tit on the Visitor Centre's feeders with pintail, goldeneye, water rail, jack snipe and kingfisher on and around the lakes and sparrowhawk and marsh harrier above. Full details can be found in our Trip Report from November 2017.

Wrap up well though as it can be cold by the Humber at this time of year. But there is a nice warm visitor centre to retreat to when required.

For further details on the reserve visit https://www.lincstrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/far-ings-national-nature-reserve

Time: 8:00 am

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

Booking essential

Wed
12

Midweek Walk - Porter Valley

Location: Meet at 10.00am at the junction of Brookhouse Hill/Whiteley Lane, Fulwood, SHEFFIELD.
M.R.: SK304852

A guided walk along the Porter Valley led by June Robinson.

On our group's last walk here (see Trip Report from February 2018) there was plenty of bird activity with the resident rooks already busy nest building. Other species included nuthatch, treecreeper, long-tailed tit, kingfisher and dipper.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

March 2020

Thu
5

Indoor Meeting - Peter Holden MBE: Born to Travel

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by Peter Holden MBE who was on the RSPB staff for more than 40 years. Initially, he ran the RSPB's junior membership - during which time he devised the Big Garden Birdwatch.

Time: 7.30 pm to 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
8

Field Trip - Brandon Marsh Nature Reserve

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row. Parking (for which there is currently a charge of £2 on Sundays) can be found immediately behind this.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

A former quarry situated alongside the River Avon a few miles east of Coventry, this Warwickshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve has a mixture of woodland and lakes as well as reedbeds and wildflower meadows. As well as an excellent visitors centre, tearoom and shop, there are seven hides.

More than 220 bird species have been recorded, of which at least sixty breed. On our last visit here (see Trip Report from November 2015) species seen included brambling on the visitor centre feeders with kingfisher, water rail, green woodpecker and mealy redpoll seen elsewhere on the reserve. You may even be lucky enough to spot on the the reserve's elusive otters!

Further details on the reserve can be found at https://www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/BrandonMarsh

Time: 8:00 am

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

Booking essential

Wed
25

Midweek Walk - Greno Woods

Location: Meet at 10.00 am in the car park off Woodhead Road, Grenoside (Turn left at traffic lights off A61 Halifax Road onto Salt Box Lane. Take the second right onto Main Street and continue through Grenoside - the road bears left and changes to Woodhead Road. The car park is on the left.). M.R.:SK325951

A walk through these Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust woodlands led by Ann Shawley.

Situated on the northern fringe of Sheffield, Greno Woods is an ancient woodland, rich in wildlife. Fifty bird species were identified during a survey in spring 2015 including great-spotted woodpecker, goldcrest and treecreeper and winter visitors include crossbill. For further details, see the entry for this site in the Places to See birds section of our web-pages or visit www.wildsheffield.com/reserves/greno-woods

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

April 2020

Thu
2

Indoor Meeting - Gary Prescott: The Biking Birder

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by Gary Prescott about his birding adventures by bicycle. These have included cycling to every RSPB nature reserve in the UK - twice!

Time: 7.30 pm to 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
5

Field Trip - Filey

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row. Parking (for which there is currently a charge of £2 on Sundays) can be found immediately behind this.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

The Yorkshire seaside resort of Filey is framed by two excellent birding areas with our last trip here (in March 2018) yielding more than seventy bird species.

About a mile north of the town is a long narrow peninsula. Carr Naze, the landward end of this is a great place to see migrants whilst The Brigg itself is good for both cliff-nesting birds and sea-watching both both birds and marine mammals. The intertidal rocks at the seaward end attract waders such as oystercatcher, redshank, turnstone and purple sandpiper.

On the opposite edge of the town, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Filey Dams Nature Reserve is the last remaining freshwater marsh of any size in the area. It consists of large freshwater lagoons surrounded by marsh and grassland and is a magnet for waterfowl and migratory birds but also a haven for plants, small mammals and amphibians.

To get more of an idea of what might be on offer, take a look at the Trip Report for Filey from March 2018.

Time: 8 am

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

Booking essential

Wed
15

Midweek Walk - Graves Park

Location: Meet at 10.00 am at the junction of Hemsworth Road and Derbyshire Lane, Norton. M.R.:SK354827

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. Join us on this guided walk through a variety of habitats including woodland, parkland, lakes and nature reserve.

Birds seen by our Group on our last visit to Graves Park (in December 2018) included goosander, great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, sparrowhawk, common snipe and the introduced ring-necked parakeet. For more information on the area, see the Graves Park entry in the Places to See Birds section of our Group's web-pages.

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
25

Weekend Walk - Holmebrook Valley Park

Location: Meet 10.00 am in the car park off Watermeadow Lane, Newbold, Chesterfield. (Turn off A61 at Sheepbridge, at bottom of slip road turn right, then left. At T-junction, turn right onto B6050 Dunstone Road. At crossroads, turn left onto B6051 Newbold Lane and then second right onto Watermeadow Lane.) M.R.: SK356731

A guided walk around this park on the north edge of Chesterfield.

For further information on Holmebrook Valley Park visit www.visitchesterfield.info/things-to-do/holmebrook-valley-country-park-p679361 and www.holmebrookvalleypark.org.uk/index.html

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

May 2020

Wed
6

Midweek Walk - RSPB Old Moor

Location: Meet: 10.00 am in the car park. (Exit M1 at Junction 36, take A6195 signed Doncaster, then after a series of roundabouts take the A6023 and RSPB Old Moor is first left.) M.R.:SE423022

The morning walk is around the perimeter of the reserve, whilst there will be an opportunity to visit the reserve and its hides in the afternoon. Those that are not national RSPB members will need to pay for reserve entry (currently £5 for adults).

Our Group's previous two trips to Old Moor have yielded many warblers and other newly arrived migrants as well as peregrine, bittern, little ringed plover, common scoter and black tern. Further information on Old Moor can be found in the Places to See Birds section of our Group's web-pages as well as on the national RSPB website at www.rspb.org.uk/reserves-and-events/reserves-a-z/dearne-valley-old-moor/

Time: 10 am - 1 pm, with option for afternoon walk

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Thu
7

Indoor Meeting - Rick Simpson: Confessions of a Bird Guide

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

An illustrated talk about Rick Simpson's adventures in birding which are detailed in "Confessions of a Bird Guide" - a witty, candid account of a life that has taken him from England to Brazil and back again. As a young boy he had a makeshift hide, then became a twitcher before eventually setting up as a bird guide in Brazil.

Time: 7.30 pm to 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
9

Weekend Walk - Padley - Famous Birdsong Walk

Location: Meet: 8.00 am. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS YEARS' MEETING PLACE Park on B6054 Fox House to Grindleford road by the gate leading down to the river, just across the road from Longshaw.
M.R.:SK258799 PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS PREVIOUSLY ADVERTISED AS ON 4TH MAY WHICH WAS INCORRECT

A guided walk around Padley Gorge starting at the earlier time of 8:00 am. Pied Flycatchers and warblers should have recently returned from their wintering grounds and the woodland flowers should be in full bloom.

The great variety of birds seen or heard on last year's 'Famous Bird Song Walk' included garden warbler, stonechat, sparrowhawk, cuckoo, curlew, siskin, grey wagtail, mandarin duck, pied flycatcher, treecreeper, nuthatch and great spotted woodpecker. This year we're hoping to add redstart, tree pipit and wood warbler to this list, as all three are established Padley Gorge breeders.

For more information on Padley Gorge and its birds take a look at the entry for this site in the Places to See Birds section of our Group's web-pages.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
10

Field Trip - Paxton Pits Nature Reserve

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row. Parking (for which there is currently a charge of £2 on Sundays) can be found immediately behind this.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Situated in the Great Ouse valley near St Neots in Cambridgeshire, this reserve has 78 hectares of lakes, riverside, meadow, woodland, reed bed and scrub. It is famous for its nightingales, which have been breeding there since the mid 1980s. May is the best month of the year, with up to 70 species breeding and others passing through as migration peaks.

On our Group's last visit, it wasn't long before we heard a nightingale singing and quite a few members did get a view. Other summer visitors seen included garden, reed and sedge warblers, whitethroat, blackcap and cuckoo. In total we saw 69 bird species including yellowhammer, kingfisher and red kite. For further details, take a look at the Trip Report from May 2015.

Time: 8 am

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

Booking essential

Wed
13

Midweek Walk - Burbage

Location: Meet at Upper Burbage Bridge on the Ringinglow to Hathersage Road.
M.R.: SK261830

A guided walk around Burbage, now managed on behalf of Sheffield City Council by the Eastern Moors Partnership - a joint venture between the National Trust and the RSPB.

The rockfaces of the Upper Burbage Valley are well known for their ring ouzels with other species found in this area including snipe, stonechat, siskin and kestrel.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

June 2020

Wed
3

Midweek Walk - Tideswell Dale (All day walk)

Location: Meet at Tideswell Dale "pay & display" car park. (Turn left off B6049 Tideswell to Millers Dale Road.)
M.R.:SK154742

An all day guided walk. Please bring a packed lunch.
Leader: Helen Foley

Time: 10 am - All day walk

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
14

Field Trip - Flamborough Head and RSPB Bempton

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row. Parking (for which there is currently a charge of £2 on Sundays) can be found immediately behind this.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

RSPB Bempton Cliffs, on the spectacular Yorkshire coast, is home to one of the UK's top wildlife spectacles when around half a million seabirds gather here from spring to early summer to raise a family on towering chalk cliffs which overlook the North Sea. As well as guillemots, razorbills and puffins, parts of the cliffs are home to a colony of gannets which can be seen in amazing close-up. As well as the seabirds, breeding tree sparrows, whitethroats, corn buntings, skylarks, linnets, reed buntings and rock and meadow pipits can be seen.

Part of the day will be spent at Flamborough Head further down the coast - also home to a spectacular number of seabirds but which also attracts migrants and which can provide a great viewpoint for sea-watching. A walk from here along to North Landing is well worthwhile.

For further information on what might be seen, take a look at the reports from our Group's previous years' visits in the Trip Reports section of our web-pages.

Time: 8:00 am

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

Booking essential

September 2020

Thu
3

Indoor Meeting - Allan and Susan Parker: Nuclear Birding

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

Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by popular local speakers, Allan and Susan Parker, who are professional photographers.

Time: 7.30 pm to 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
9

Midweek Walk - Orgreave

Location: Meet 10.00 am on Washfield Lane, Treeton. (Exit A630 Sheffield Parkway onto B5533 Poplar Way. Go straight on at the roundabout and then turn left at the T-junction onto the B6066 at Catcliffe. At the roundabout, turn left onto B6067 Treeton Lane. Turn right at Treeton Church into Church Lane and then right into Washfield Lane.)
M.R.:SK432875

A morning walk around Orgreave led by Bob Russon.

Orgreave lies just under five miles east of Sheffield city centre. Like so many of South Yorkshire's birding sites, much the area is a remnant of the coal industry but its mixture of river, lakes, open ground and woodland of various ages is now proving attractive to a wide range of birds and developing as one of the most regularly watched sites in our area.

For further information, take a look at the entry for Orgreave and Treeton Dyke in the Places to See Birds section of our Group's web-pages.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
12

Midweek Walk - Shillito Woods

Location: Meet 10:00 am in the car park. (Take A621 Owler Bar to Baslow road. After 2.5 miles, turn sharp left into Fox Lane and continue to the next junction. Take the left fork and the car park is on the right.)
M.R.:SK295749

A guided walk around Shillito Woods led by Jean & John Coulson.

Part of the RSPB/National Trust run Eastern Moors Estate, the mixture of woodland and heathland in this area supports a good variety of species. Even the feeding station in the car park is a well known local birding spot, attracting species including reed bunting, yellowhammer and great spotted woodpecker.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
20

Field Trip - Spurn Point

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row. Parking (for which there is currently a charge of £2 on Sundays) can be found immediately behind this.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Coach trip to Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's iconic coastal reserve which sticks out for about three miles into the mouth of the Humber. In 2013 the peninsula was breached by a storm surge turning the end of the spit into an island at high tides.

The factors that make Spurn a birding Mecca are its unique position on the east coast combined with a range of habitats including sea, sand dunes, shingle, saltmarsh, mudflats, pools and other wetland areas - as well as the fields, trees and hedgerows around Kilnsea village. You can never quite guess what might turn up at Spurn but, at this time of year, we should see the spectacle of migration with birds heading south along the peninsula, often in their thousands.

For details of the birds seen on our Group's last autumn visit to this area, take a look at the report from September 2018 in the Trip Report section of our web-pages.

Time: 8:00 am

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

Booking essential

October 2020

Thu
1

Indoor Meeting - Joe Shute: The Life of Ravens

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by local journalist Joe Shute who is the author of "A Shadow Above", a book which details the comeback of the raven.

Time: 7.30 pm to 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
7

Midweek Walk - Rivelin Valley

Location: Meet 10.00 am at the bottom of Rivelin Valley Road, below the fire station. (After crossing Hillsborough Corner continue along Holme Lane and take the first left after Supertram stop onto Rivelin Valley Road.)
M.R.:SK325890

A guided walk around the Rivelin Valley led by Sue Shaw.

On our Group's last walk here (in October 2018) we saw raven, dipper, grey wagtail, nuthatch and treecreeper.
For more information on what might be seen here, click on the Rivelin Valley entry in the Places to See Birds section of our Group's web-pages.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspb@googlegroups.com

Fri
9

Midweek Walk - Dronfield

Location: Meet: 10.00am in lay-by on B6057 Chesterfield Road, between Dronfield & Unstone. After leaving the small roundabout in Dronfield, look for the 'Three Tuns' public house on the right and the lay-by is 200 yards on the left. Map reference: SK363778

Join us on a walk around an area of mixed woodland and farmland to see our resident and possibly migrant and winter-visiting birds.

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
18

Field Trip - Frampton Marsh

Location: Coach departs from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row. Parking (for which there is currently a charge of £2 on Sundays) can be found immediately behind this.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Coach trip to this important wetland reserve on the Lincolnshire shore of The Wash where habitats include reedbeds, large freshwater scrapes and wet grassland; all carefully designed to be good for both nature and visitors. The reserve is also adjacent to a large area of saltmarsh.

Frampton is an internationally important place for wintering wildfowl and we can expect to see large numbers of returning brent geese grazing on the saltmarsh. It is also a great place for waders and on our Group's last visit we saw avocet, black-tailed godwit, golden and grey plovers, dunlin, spotted redshank, little stint and knot as well as a rare long-billed dowitcher, more normally found in America. Other species seen included great white egret, water pipit as well as merlin, peregrine and both hen and marsh harriers. For full details see the Trip Report from November 2018.

Time: 8:00 am

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

Booking essential

November 2020

Thu
5

Indoor Meeting - Ashley Grove: The Spanish Pyrenees

Location: Central United Reformed Church, situated at the corner of Norfolk Street and Chapel Walk (opposite the Stage Door of the Crucible Theatre), Sheffield.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

An illustrated talk by Ashley Grove, a wildlife photographer who gives lectures around the UK and leads photographic and birding tours to places including The Gambia, the Shetland Islands, the Isles of Scilly, Trinidad and Tobago and the Spanish Pyrenees. Birds of prey and hummingbirds are his speciality.

Time: 7.30 pm to 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
11

Midweek Walk - Beauchief

Location: Meet 10.00 am at the junction of Bradway Road and Hemper Lane, Bradway.
M.R.: SK334804

Guided walk around the Beauchief area led by Linda Whitehead & Chris Whitehouse.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
15

Field Trip - Tophill Low Nature Reserve

Location: Depart from outside Hallam University Students Union building, Paternoster Row
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Coach trip to Yorkshire Water's award winning nature reserve which we haven't visited as a group since 2013. There are twelve hides all with unique vantage points over ponds, marshes and reservoirs. The two reservoirs have been declared 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.

Time: 8:00 am

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

Booking essential