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 2020

Thu
3

Indoor Meeting - Allan and Susan Parker: Nuclear Birding - SORRY BUT THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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)

Allan and Susan Parker will be familiar to many of our members as previous visitors. This time, in 'Nuclear Birding' they take a close look at three major nature reserves close to nuclear power stations: Dungeness and Rye, RSPB Minsmere and RSPB Leighton Moss.

Allan has won many awards for his wildlife photography so look forward to some wonderful images and an informative commentary.

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 - SORRY BUT THIS WALK IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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.)
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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

Weekend Walk - Shillito Woods - SORRY BUT THIS WALK IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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.)
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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 - SORRY BUT THIS TRIP IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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

Sat
26

RSPB Sheffield Local Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens - SORRY BUT RSPB SHEFFIELD LOCAL GROUP WILL NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Location: The Dorothy Fox Education Centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Access (including for wheelchairs) from Thompson Road entrance off Ecclesall Road. Alternatively, access can be gained from the main entrance on Clarkehouse Road (S10 2LN), just along from the Hallamshire Hospital.
Postcode: S11 8RB (Google map)

Meet the Sheffield RSPB Local Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. As well as displays and information on "Giving Nature a Home", volunteers will be on hand to answer your queries about birds.

There will also be bird and wildlife observations, artwork and crafts, plant and book sales, pocket money toys and gift items, bug boxes, children's activities and catering.

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: RSPBSheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
27

RSPB Sheffield Local Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens - SORRY BUT RSPB SHEFFIELD LOCAL GROUP WILL NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Location: The Dorothy Fox Education Centre, Sheffield Botanical Gardens. Access (including for wheelchairs) from Thompson Road entrance off Ecclesall Road. Alternatively, access can be gained from the main entrance on Clarkehouse Road (S10 2LN), just along from the Hallamshire Hospital.
Postcode: S11 8RB (Google map)

Meet the Sheffield RSPB Local Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens. As well as displays and information on "Giving Nature a Home", volunteers will be on hand to answer your queries about birds.

There will also be bird and wildlife observations, artwork and crafts, plant and book sales, pocket money toys and gift items, bug boxes, children's activities and catering.

Time: 10 am - 4 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: RSPBSheffield@googlegroups.com

October 2020

Thu
1

Indoor Meeting - Joe Shute: The Life of Ravens - SORRY BUT THIS MEETING IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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 - SORRY BUT THIS WALK IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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.)
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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 - THIS EVENT HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN ERROR AND WILL NOT TAKE PLACE

Location: See below.

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN ERROR HAVING BEEN ACCIDENTALLY TRANSFERRED FROM LAST YEAR'S CALENDAR. UNFORTUNATELY, WE ARE UNABLE TO DELETE IT OURSELVES.

Time: 10 am

Price: There is no charge for this event

E-mail: rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
18

Field Trip - Frampton Marsh - SORRY BUT THIS TRIP IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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 SORRY BUT THIS MEETING IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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 - SORRY BUT THIS WALK IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Location: Meet 10.00 am at the junction of Bradway Road and Hemper Lane, Bradway.
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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 - SORRY BUT THIS TRIP IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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 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

December 2020

Thu
3

Indoor Meeting - Social Evening - SORRY BUT THIS MEETING IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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)

Instead of our usual evening with a guest speaker, we're making this an evening when attendees can get together with time to chat and exchange ideas. There will be a short presentation on a wildlife subject followed by a light-hearted quiz and an opportunity to display your favourite photos from 2020.

There will be drinks and snacks (but please note that no alcohol is allowed on the premises).

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 - Rother Valley Country Park - SORRY BUT THIS MEETING IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Location: Meet 10.00 am on Valley Road, Killamarsh. (Right turn off B6056 opposite Nethergreen Working Mens Club).

A guided walk around Rother Valley Country Park led by Peter Wingfield.

On our Group's last visit here (in November 2018) we saw more than forty species including goldeneye, great-crested grebe, goosander. barnacle goose and kingfisher. For more information on what might be seen here, see the entry for this site 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