Places to see birds

Young man looking through binoculars

Some notes on using the 'Places to see birds' of our website. More...

Avocet wading in water

As part of the RSPB's Dearne Valley reserve, Adwick Washlands is one of the satellite sites to Old Moor, two miles away. Although smaller, it is well worth a visit as not only is it a beautiful place with wide-open skies but it is often better for waders than Old Moor. More...

Heather moor at Geltsdale

The largest of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust's nature reserves, Blacka Moor comprises 181 hectares of moorland, woodland and bog on the south-west edge of Sheffield. Each of these habitats supports its own characteristic range of birds. More...

Reed warbler singing in reedbed

Blackburn Meadows is a wildlife reserve in the Lower Don Valley, midway between Meadowhall and the centre of Rotherham. Its mix of open water, grassland and scrub attracts a range of species, including water birds, warblers and finches. A great place to visit while other members of the family are busy shopping at Meadowhall! More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

Broomhead Reservoir lies in the Ewden Valley about 7.75 miles north-west of the centre of Sheffield. Although the lake itself isn't usually of great interest, the surrounding mixed woodlands support a good range of woodland birds, including regular Crossbills. More...

Water rail feeding at waters edge

These two adjacent nature reserves lie 12.5 miles south-east of Sheffield and 4.5 miles east of Chesterfield. They are overlooked by the spectacular Bolsover Castle and are good for birdwatching all year round. More...

Short-eared owl sitting on the ground

The Eastern Moors lies on the south-west fringes of Sheffield. Boasting a mix of moorland, grassland, blanket bog and woodland, its designation as a Special Protection Area reflects the presence of key moorland birds such as Short-eared Owl and Golden Plover. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Ecclesall Woods, situated in the south-west suburbs of Sheffield, is the largest semi-natural woodland in South Yorkshire. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including many woodland birds. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Now rich in wildlife whilst also providing a journey through Sheffield's industrial history, the five mile long 'Five Weirs Walk' follows the River Don from Lady's Bridge in Sheffield city centre to Meadowhall shopping centre on the city's eastern edge. On the way, you can call in at Salmon Pastures Nature Reserve with its wide array of birds and insects. More...

Collared dove sitting in grass

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. More...

Cuckoo perched in tree

Situated on the northern fringe of Sheffield, Greno Woods is an ancient woodland, rich in wildlife. Covering 178 hectares, it is one of the Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust's largest reserves. More...

Male redstart perched on branch

Twelve miles north-west of the centre of Sheffield and on the north-eastern edge of the Peak District National Park lies Langsett Reservoir. Surrounding this are deciduous and coniferous woodlands, pastures and moorlands as well as the rivers and streams which feed the reservoir. This variety of habitats means that the area supports a wide range of birds. More...

Male blackcap in hawthorn bush

Lathkill Dale is one of the prettiest of the Derbyshire Dales and one of the best for birds. It is best visited in spring and early summer for its Dippers, Grey Wagtails, Ravens, birds of prey and woodland birds, many of which are summer visitors. Much of it is managed by Natural England as part of Derbyshire Dales National Nature Reserve which also includes parts of Cressbrookdale, Monksdale, Haydale and Longdale. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Situated just over nine miles south of the centre of Sheffield and three miles west of Chesterfield, Linacre Reservoirs support a good range of waterbirds. The surrounding woodlands, which have a mixture of coniferous and deciduous trees, can also be fruitful and are particularly attractive in April and May when the Bluebells are out. More...

Adult male siskin on feeder

The National Trust's Longshaw Estate, about seven miles south-west of the centre of Sheffield, is a good place if you fancy a fairly gentle spot of birdwatching. Indeed, you stand a good chance of seeing some nice birds without ever straying from the terrace of the Visitor Centre cafe! More...

Male greenfinch perched on rhododendron bush

A piece of countryside in the inner city; this hidden gem is just two miles south-east of Sheffield city centre. More...

Marsh Harrier (female), close up of head

The Moss Valley is an area of ancient woodlands, meadows, hedgerows, ponds and marshland located to the south-east of Sheffield on the border between North-East Derbyshire and South Yorkshire. It is a fascinating area that you could spend days exploring and where is something of interest in all seasons. More...

Tree sparrow on twig

Old Moor is a popular, family-friendly wetland reserve in the Dearne Valley, ten miles to the north-east of Sheffield and run by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. More...

Male wigeon swimming

Orgreave and Treeton Dyke lie just under five miles east of Sheffield city centre on opposite sides of the River Rother. Like so many of South Yorkshire's birding sites, much the area is a remnant of the coal industry. Its mixture of river, lakes, open ground and woodland is now proving attractive to a wide range of birds and is developing as one of the more regularly watched sites in our area. More...

House martin in flight

Parkwood Springs is an amazing 'wild' space close to the centre of Sheffield with a range of habitats including open parkland, heathland and two areas of ancient woodland. Birds seen there during our Group's visits have included a good mix of both common and somewhat less common species. As well as its wildlife, the elevated nature of the area means that it provides spectacular views across the city. More...

Long-tailed tit perched on branch

The Porter Brook is one of several rivers that start on moorlands to the west of Sheffield before heading along wooded valleys into the city centre. A variety of birds can be found along the river and at its millponds as well as in the surrounding woodlands. More...

Spotted flycatcher on perch

A regular springtime venue for our group - to which we go every year in late April/early May for our 'Famous Birdsong Walk'. Although we begin at eight in the morning, you can start at any time of day and still enjoy it! More...

Adult bittern wading in reedbed at Lee Valley Country Park

Made all the more remarkable by its location between the East Coast Mainline and the M18 and other busy roads, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Potteric Carr nature reserve covers 240 hectares of woodlands, reedbeds and lakes - right on the edge of Doncaster. With excellent facilities including a new Visitor Centre and numerous hides, it really is a great place to visit for birds including wildfowl, warblers, Bittern and Marsh Harrier. More...

Curlew standing on weed, County Cork, Ireland

An area centred on three upland reservoirs, 5.5 miles west of Sheffield city centre and just inside the Peak District National Park. Depending on the season, the reservoirs attract waterfowl, waders and gulls whilst the surrounding forest, fields and moorland can yield many other species - especially in the spring and early summer. More...

Female great tit

An easily reached wooded valley to the north-west of Sheffield. The woodlands and river support a good range of both common and somewhat less common birds. More...

Male wigeon swimming

About seven miles south-east of Sheffield, Rother Valley is an excellent place for bird-watching all year round. Its variety of habitats can yield a good number of species. More...

Great tit perched in small tree

Close to the city centre and busy Ecclesall Road, Sheffield's General Cemetery is a lovely green oasis and a great place to see wildlife. Our Group goes there every year in May to enjoy the birds - both residents and those recently arrived from elsewhere. More...

Barn owl looking over its shoulder

Shire Brook Valley is located in south-east Sheffield, about four miles from the city centre. A former brownfield site, it has been turned into a wildlife area with woodland, grassland, lowland heath, ponds and other wetland areas. Between them, these support a good range of birds and other wildlife. More...

Willow warbler

Ulley Country Park centres on a reservoir; home to grebes, ducks, geese and other waterbirds. The eastern arm of the lake is maintained as a nature reserve and its surrounding woodlands, grasslands and farmland are also rich in birds and other wildlife. More...

Male snipe singing in the rain

Approximately eight miles west of the centre of Sheffield lies the spectacular Upper Burbage Valley. As well as its crags being home to the increasingly rare Ring Ouzel, a cleared area of forest is now developing as a place to hear and see Nightjar, Woodcock and Snipe. More...

Moorland landscape, Wales

Sometimes referred to as 'Derbyshire's Lake District', the Upper Derwent Valley - just eleven miles west of Sheffield in the Peak District National Park - is known for its majestic reservoirs, spectacular scenery, peaceful forests and wild open spaces. These support a wide variety of wildlife including woodland and moorland birds and raptors including the rare and protected Goshawk. More...

Male green woodpecker feeding on ground

Lying 3.25 miles north-west of Sheffield City Centre, these two adjoining commons consist of a mixture of meadowland, mature woodland, lowland heathland and scrub and have much to offer the visitor with an interest in birdwatching and wildlife in general. More...

Goosander on water

Worsbrough Mill Country Park lies about ten miles north of the centre of Sheffield and close to the southern edge of Barnsley. At its heart are a sixty acre reservoir and a working watermill dating from the seventeenth century. The Park's 240 acres, which are owned and managed by Barnsley Council, also have areas of reedbed, willow woodland, drier semi-natural woodland, hedgerows and meadows rich in wildflowers. More...

Nuthatch on branch

Connecting the Redmires area to the Rivelin Valley, Wyming Brook is a wooded valley, five miles to the west of the centre of Sheffield, which is home to a good range of woodland birds. It, together with the adjacent and more open area of Fox Hagg, is a Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust nature reserve. More...

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The birdwatching sites above are all within about 45 minutes drive of Sheffield. Our Group also enjoys visiting many places that, whilst they couldn't be described as being in the Sheffield area, are within a day's drive and all of which we have visited on our Sunday coach trips. Brief details of a selection of these are given here with links to more detail elsewhere. Details of our Group's upcoming coach trips can be found in the 'Events' section - with accounts of past visits in the 'Trip Reports' section. More...