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.

April 2019

Thu
4

Indoor Meeting - Jack Baddams: Madagascar

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)

Local naturalist Jack Baddams visits the fourth largest island on earth. Long isolated from mainland Africa it has developed many unique species of plants, animals and birds. Lemurs are found nowhere else on the planet and of the 300 species of birds over 60% are endemic. This will be a chance to experience the wonders of this huge country rarely visited by the ordinary traveller.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £2.50 for Group Members, £4 for Visitors

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
7

Field Trip - RSPB Burton Mere

Location: Depart Paternoster Row, Sheffield
PLEASE NOTE - ALL COACH TRIPS DEPART PROMPTLY AT 8.00 am.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Coach trip to RSPB Burton Mere.
The gateway to the Dee Estuary reserve, Burton Mere Wetlands straddles the border between England and Wales with a mosaic of freshwater wetland habitats, mixed farmland and woodland which is carpeted with bluebells in Spring. The reserve is alive with the sounds and sights of many breeding birds, including nesting egrets, lapwings and herons. Avocets nest on islands across the main scrape and the same areas become home to vast flocks of wildfowl and wading birds in winter. The highlight amongst the many warblers is undoubtedly the grasshopper warbler with its distinctive 'reeling' song. Non-breeding regular visitors include Black-tailed godwits and Spotted redshanks, which pass through on their way north.

Time: 8.00 am

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

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
10

Midweek Walk - Shillito Woods

Location: Meet:10.00am in car park. (Take A621 Owler Bar to Baslow Road, then after 2.5 miles turn left onto Fox Lane, pass Ramsey Reservoir and car park is on right) M.R.:SK295749

Part of the Peak District National Park, Shillito Woods are situated at the edge of the Eastern Moors the fringes of Sheffield. The area is a diverse mix of heather moorland, acid grassland, blanket bog and woodland, the entire site is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). These habitats are valuable both for their diverse mix of wildlife and their special character. In particular Shillito Woods hosts and wide variety of woodland birds.

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
27

Weekend Walk - YWT Potteric Carr

Location: Meet: 10.00am in car park (Exit M18 at Junction 3, turn left at the roundabout, then turn right at the first set of traffic lights. The car park is signed.)

An ALL DAY WALK at Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's outstanding reserve near Doncaster. There is a cafe on the reserve or you can bring a packed lunch. If you are not a YWT member there will be an entrance charge.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Potteric Carr Nature Reserve was created in 1968 and since then the reserve has been developed and extended so that it now covers over 580 acres (235 hectares). It comprises a mixture of habitats from open water and marsh through reed-fen, wet woodland (carrland) and scrub. In places, there are remnants of the kind of habitat that existed 250 years ago. There are many bird species to be found on the the reserve and around 65 species breed there each year, including bitterns and warblers.

Marsh plants found on the reserve include greater spearwort, lesser water-plantain, lesser reedmace, greater tussock sedge, purple small-reed, great water dock, yellow-wort and traveller's-joy. Twenty eight species of butterfly have been recorded including white-letter hairstreak, purple hairstreak and brown argus. Seventeen of the twenty species of dragonfly recorded are known to have bred here.

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

May 2019

Thu
2

Indoor Meeting - Pete Brown: Birding for Free

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)

Enjoy a year's birding without spending a penny! Well-known local birder, Pete, sets out on a year's ecological birding as he leaves the car at home and uses bike, bus and boot leather as he does his bit to save the planet.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £2.50 for Group Members, £4 for Visitors

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
4

Weekend Walk - Padley Gorge (Famous Birdsong Walk)

Location: Meet: 8.00am at the Grindleford Railway Station "Pay and Display" car park. (Turn right off B6512 Fox House/Grindleford road.) M.R.:SK251788

Just as the leaves are opening on the trees this early morning walk is a great opportunity to hear and see birds, especially summer migrants. Previously on this walk bird species seen included, dipper, grey wagtail, woodpeckers, pied flycatcher, redstart, wood warbler, wheatear and cuckoo.
Leaders: Paul & Janet Medforth

Time: 8.00 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
8

Midweek Walk - RSPB Old Moor

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

An All Day Walk. Non RSPB members will be charged for reserve entry.
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.
In the morning walk down "Warbler Way", previous sightings have included willow warbler, chiffchaff, lesser whitethroat, blackcap and garden warbler as well as other passerines such as goldfinch and song thrush as well as grebes and gulls.
In the afternoon, there may be a chance to catch sight of a bittern on the reserve as well as waders and waterfowl and birds visiting the 'Garden' and 'Tree Sparrow Farm' areas.

Time: 10 am

Price: There is an admission charge if you are not an RSPB member

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
11

Weekend Walk - General Cemetery

Location: Meet: 10.00am at General Cemetery main entrance.

The General Cemetery was opened in 1836 and closed for burial in 1978. It was the principal cemetery in Victorian Sheffield with over 87,000 burials. Today it is a Grade II listed Landscape and Local Nature Reserve. It is owned by the City of Sheffield and managed by a local community group, the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust.
Previously on this walk bird species seen included, blackcap, chiffchaff, great spotted woodpecker, jay, bullfinch and grey wagtail as well as several garden birds.
Leader: Peter Wingfield

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
19

Field Trip - NWT Attenborough

Location: Depart Paternoster Row, Sheffield
PLEASE NOTE - ALL COACH TRIPS DEPART PROMPTLY AT 8.00 am.

Coach trip to Attenborough NWT, Nottinghamshire.
In spring and summer the Reserve is a hive of activity with butterflies (including the rare brown argus), dragonflies - which patrol and hunt along the water's edge, over 100 species of hoverfly and some 400 species of moth. Badgers, voles and otters and seven species of bat can also make their home here. The flora of Attenborough is of county importance with over 450 species of plant recorded - including many scarce wetland specialities. The star bird is the sand martin which nests in an artificial nesting bank.

Time: 8.00 am

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

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

June 2019

Wed
5

Midweek Walk - Wyming Brook and Redmires

Location: Meeting point tbc

Please note that this is an all day walk

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
16

Field Trip - Flamborough Head and RSPB Bempton Cliffs

Location: Sheffield Hallam Students' Union, Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

The Bempton Cliffs reserve, on the spectacular Yorkshire coast, is home to one of the UK's top wildlife spectacles. Around half a million seabirds gather here between March and October to raise a family on towering chalk cliffs which overlook the North Sea.
Breeding tree sparrows, whitethroats, corn buntings, skylarks, linnets, reed buntings, rock and meadow pipits can all be seen. A range of the more common butterflies may be seen on sunny days, along with day-flying moths such as cinnabars, burnet moths and occasionally hummingbird hawkmoths. Trailside flora is dominated by red campion.
Prior booking is essential and full payment is required when booking seats on the coach, either at any Indoor Meeting or by email for booking enquiries.

Time: 8.00 am

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

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
16

Field Trip - June 2019 tbc

Location: Depart from Paternoster Row, Sheffield

Coach trip. Details to be confirmed

Time: 8.00 am

Price: tbc

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

September 2019

Thu
5

Indoor Meeting - Steve Lovell: Mediterranean Magic

Location: Central United Reformed Church, Chapel Walk/Norfolk Street, Sheffield - opposite the stage door of the Crucible Theatre.

Steve has travelled widely and has an enviable knowledge of the flora and fauna of the Mediterranean region.

Time: 7.30 pm

Price: £2 for Group Members, £4 for Visitors

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
11

Midweek Walk - NT Longshaw

Location: Meeting point to be confirmed

Guided walk

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
22

Field Trip - RSPB Blacktoft Sands

Location: Depart from Hallam University, Paternoster Row, Sheffield at 8:00 am prompt.
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Coach trip to Blacktoft Sands which has England's largest intertidal reedbed, which supports marsh harriers, bearded tits and bittern. Other habitats include shallow saline lagoons which provide a wildlife spectacle throughout the year, an area of grazing marsh provides a home for wildfowl and waders through the autumn and spring. Large numbers of golden plovers and lapwings roost in a small area of mudflat. Scrub areas near the hides attract a great variety of warblers and a colony of tree sparrows.

Time: 8.00 am

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

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

October 2019

Thu
3

Indoor Meeting - Ian Newton: Masai Mara

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)

Kenya is rightly famous for the quality and variety found in its wildlife reserves. All the major African mammals and a huge range of birds are relatively easy to see on a guided tour. We follow on a tented safari as local guides find "The Big Five" and many of the iconic birds of the region.

Time: 7.30 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
9

Midweek Walk - Dronfield

Location: Meeting point tbc

Guided walk around Dronfield area

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
20

Field Trip - LWT Gibraltar Point

Location: Depart Paternoster Row, Sheffield

Coach trip. Details to follow.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: tbc

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

November 2019

Wed
13

Midweek Walk - Gillfield and Totley

Location: Meeting point tbc

Guided walk

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
17

Field Trip - RSPB Fairburn Ings

Location: Depart from Paternoster Row, Sheffield
Postcode: S1 2QQ (Google map)

Coach trip to the RSPB's reserve near Castleford. There are three main trails taking you through a variety of habitats where tree sparrows can be seen in the woodland, and on the main lake there are good numbers of swans, ducks and geese etc. Green Woodpeckers have been heard and spotted on previous visits.

Time: 8.00 am

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

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
23

Weekend Walk - Five Weirs Walk

Location: Meeting point tbc

Guided walk along the Don Valley

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

December 2019

Wed
11

Midweek Walk - Shirebrook Valley

Location: Meeting point tbc

Guided walk

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com