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.

September 2019

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)

A coach trip to Blacktoft Sands - on the south bank of the River Ouse, just before this joins the Trent and widens to become the Humber Estuary.

This RSPB reserve has England's largest intertidal reedbed, supporting marsh (and occasionally hen) harriers, bearded tits and bittern. Other habitats include shallow saline lagoons. In autumn, migrating waders feeding and resting on these include spotted redshank, greenshank, black-tailed godwit, ruff and dunlin. Water rails may also be seen around the lagoon edges. Areas of scrub near the hides attract a variety of warblers as well as a resident colony of tree sparrows.

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.

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
28

Meet the Sheffield RSPB Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Location: Dorothy Fox Education Centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Access (including for wheelchairs) from the Thompson Road entrance.
Postcode: S11 8RB (Google map)

Come along and help the Sheffield RSPB Group celebrate its 37th year with children's activities, displays and information. Gift items (including RSPB pin badges) and pocket money toys will be on sale. Home-made cake and a drink available for £1.50.

Time: 11am - 5pm

Price: Free

Sun
29

Meet the Sheffield RSPB Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Location: Dorothy Fox Education Centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens
Access (including for wheelchairs) from Thompson Road entrance.
Postcode: S11 8RB (Google map)

Come along and help the Sheffield RSPB Group celebrate its 37th year with children's activities, displays and information. Gift items (including RSPB pin badges) and pocket money toys will be on sale. Home-made cake and a drink available for £1.50.

Time: 11am - 5pm

Price: Free entry

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)

An illustrated talk by Ian Newton. 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 Ian on a tented safari as local guides find "The Big Five" as well as 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

Sun
20

Field Trip - LWT Gibraltar Point

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)

A coach trip to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust's Gibraltar Point reserve and its impressive new visitor centre; raised on stilts to protect it from flooding but also to make the most of the area's stunning views with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, as well as a rooftop viewing deck.

On Jackson's Marsh and other similar areas, there is the possibility of a wide variety of waders including avocet, ringed plover, golden plover, grey plover, lapwing, knot, little stint, curlew sandpiper, dunlin, ruff, spoonbill, snipe, bar-tailed and black-tailed godwits, curlew, whimbrel, spotted redshank, redshank, greenshank, common sandpiper and water rail. Turnstone and sanderling may be present on the seashore.

Wildfowl including shelduck, wigeon, gadwall, teal, pintail, shoveler and pochard can be found on the various lagoons whilst, off the coast, eider and common scoter may be visible.

Raptors including sparrowhawk, kestrel and common buzzard can be seen throughout the reserve.

Time: 8.00 am

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

Booking essential

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sat
26

Weekend Walk - Wadsley Common

Location: Meet:10.00am at Rural Lane car park, Wadsley. (Left turn off Penistone Road after Hillsborough Park into Parkside Road. Left turn at the traffic lights and then straight on at the next set of traffic lights, crossing Middlewood Road tram tracks. Carry on up Wadsley Lane, turn left at the church into Rydalhurst Avenue and then right into Rural Lane. The car park is on the left, where the road narrows.) M.R.:SK319909

Wadsley and Loxley Common is an area of managed heathland in the north of Sheffield. Anyone interested in birds, geology, history, wild flowers, fungi or nature in general will find the area fascinating.

The Common consists of four different habitats: meadow, mature woodland, lowland heathland and silver birch scrub. This makes it a good place to see a large variety of birds, with over 78 species having been recorded in the last 15 years.

Leaders: Anne & John Robinson

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

November 2019

Thu
7

Indoor Meeting - Wildlife of the City

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

Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

Our November speaker is Paul Hobson, a very popular local speaker who has visited us several times before and has always been very well received.

After studying Environmental Science and Wildlife Conservation at university in Sheffield, Paul has gained an enviable reputation for his intimate knowledge and superb photography of local wildlife. He now works full time as a photographer and lecturer. His images and essays appear in a variety of publications and he has won many awards for his photography.

Paul's talk will look at birds and other wildlife in an urban environment. Most will be centred on Sheffield and will undoubtedly feature our iconic peregrines which have become an annual success story followed with great interest by birders and non-birders alike.

Time: 7:30 pm

Price: £2.50 for Group Members; £4 for Visitors.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Wed
13

Midweek Walk - Gillfield and Totley

Location: Meet: 10.00am at the end of Totley Hall Lane, Totley.

Head out of Sheffield on the A621 Baslow Road. After passing Totley Primary School and the Cross Scythes pub, turn left at a crossroads and continue to the end of this road.

Map reference: SK309794

We hope to see a number of winter visitors on this walk, as well as numerous resident birds such as great spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper and buzzard. We may also see some of the red deer that have taken up residence in the woods.

Gillfield Woods have an active Friends group (Friends of Gillfield Wood) which works with Rangers to maintain the area. They have done a lot of work over the last few years including repairing footpaths, making ponds and wildflower beds and putting up nest boxes. They have also undertaken extensive survey work as well as research into the history of the woods.

Leader: Helen Foley

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

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 - December social evening

Location: Central United Reformed Church, Chapel Walk/Norfolk Street, Sheffield - opposite the stage door of the Crucible Theatre.
Postcode: S1 2JB (Google map)

Join us for this year's December social evening; a chance to met friends old and new. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. (Please note: no alcohol is allowed on the premises.)

As well as a short illustrated talk from Bob Russon on 'The Magic of Mull', there will be a light-hearted bird and general knowledge quiz.

The evening is also an opportunity for members to display their favourite bird/wildlife/landscape photos from 2019. As space is limited, a maximum of three A4 size (including mount) images is permitted per person.

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
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.

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: The Work of Filey Observatory

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

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.
Leader: June Robinson

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

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 guided walk through these Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust woodlands.
Leader: Ann Shawley

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

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

A guided walk through a variety of habitats including woodland, parkland, lakes and nature reserve.

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 the park.

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

May 2020

Mon
4

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

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.

Time: 8.00 am

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

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. Non RSPB members will be charged for reserve entry.

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

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.

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

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.
Leader: Bob Russon

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.
Leaders: Jean & John Coulson

Time: 10 am - 1 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com