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 2020

Wed
15

Midweek Walk - Graves Park SORRY BUT THIS WALK IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

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

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

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

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 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)

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

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

Sat
23

RSPB Sheffield Local Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens - SORRY BUT THIS TRIP IS NOW CANCELLED 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, S11 8RB. 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.

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

Time: 10 am - 5 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: RSPBSheffield@googlegroups.com

Sun
24

RSPB Sheffield Local Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens - SORRY BUT THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Location: The Dorothy Fox Education Centre - Room 1, 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.

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

Time: 11 am till 5 pm

Price: There is no charge for this event.

E-mail: RSPBSheffield@googlegroups.com

Mon
25

RSPB Sheffield Local Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens - SORRY BUT THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED 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.

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

Time: 11 am till 5 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) SORRY BUT THIS WALK IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

Location: Meet at Tideswell Dale pay and display car park. (Turn left off B6049 Tideswell to Millers Dale Road.)
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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 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)

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

Sun
28

Crosspool Street Market

Location: Selborne Road, Crosspool, Sheffield.
Postcode: S10 5ND (Google map)

The RSPB Sheffield Local Group will have a stall at the Festival selling bird food, pocket money toys, RSPB pin badges and gift items. We will also be on hand to provide advice and information on "Giving Nature a Home".

Time: 12 noon - 4.00pm

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)

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

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

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

Sat
26

RSPB Sheffield Local Group at Sheffield Botanical Gardens

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

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

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.)
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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

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

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

December 2020

Thu
3

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)

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

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