Welcome to the website of the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers.

The Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers is a registered charity with membership open to all.

The society aims to promote an interest in birds in Nottinghamshire. We are a friendly group for anybody interested in wild birds, living in, or visiting, Nottinghamshire, irrespective of their level of knowledge, experience or skill.

The society is administered by Nottinghamshire birdwatchers for Nottinghamshire birdwatchers.

The society organises local guided walks and trips to birdwatching areas further afield. Communication is by this website, Twitter and by the newsletter that is published on a monthly basis. Membership is open to everyone from experts to beginners.

We are also especially keen to attract younger members to the society, and offer 21yrs and under members the opportunity of funding towards training or attending an event to help improve skills.

Surveys for 2018

Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers

During 2017, members were asked to look out for signs of breeding Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers, so nests could be studied by Ken Smith. Unfortunately, nothing was forthcoming from Nottinghamshire. However, results from the 2017 survey are available on Ken’s website.

Ken is again asking for assistance in 2018 – if you find a nest, then please do get in touch with Ken so that the nest can be monitored, and the results recorded. Much more information is available on the website.

Sand Martins

During 2018 we would like to receive as much information as possible about Sand Martins. Although this species is Green listed (and hence not currently of conservation concern), its specific nesting requirements, and status as a summer migrant, mean that this species is potentially susceptible to population changes – and obviously we need data to be able to spot such changes.

We’re therefore requesting all breeding data for Sand Martins during the 2018 season, in the form of counts of active nest burrows. The sorts of places to check are sand quarries (remembering to obtain permission from the quarry operators before entering any areas without public access) and natural sites such as river banks. However, Sand Martins will also nest in slightly less typical locations, such as pulverised fuel ash mounds at power stations, as well as at purpose-built nest banks such as the one at Attenborough.

Birds can start investigating nest sites as soon as they return in March. If you come across a colony, and when counting nests, be sure only to count those which are clearly active (e.g. being excavated, visited by birds feeding young, or with young visible at the entrance). Please send all nest counts to Andy Hall andy.h11@ntlworld.com.

In County Walks 2018

Goshawks at Welbeck - Saturday 3rd March

From 09:00 until around midday.

More information on this walk and other In County Walks HERE

Out of County Trips 2018

Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers Trip to the Isles of Scilly.

October 20th – 27th 2018

Notts Birdwatchers will return to the Isles of Scilly in October 2018! Join us for a week on the islands to try and see rare, scarce and common migrant birds.

More information on how to book HERE.

Latest News & Information

5th February 2018 - New items added to the Sales page

Nikon Coolpix P900

Further details HERE.

The Status of Birds in Nottinghamshire - Jason Reece

Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers have a limited number of this excellent book, for the special offer price of £5.00 with free postage.

The book includes an introduction to the birds of Nottinghamshire, that summarises the status of each species which has been recorded in the county up to 2007.

Special offer price of £5.00 with free postage.

To get your copy whilst stocks last please email Jenny Swindells

Grants for Young Birders


The Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers would like to offer the opportunity of funding towards training or attending an event to help improve skills.


Examples of the type of training/event we consider as eligible for funding includes:


. Attendance on a taught training course

. A visit/stay at a bird observatory

. Volunteering to help with bird surveying or conservation work

. Attending a bird conference


The criteria for eligibility are:

. Applicant is 21 or under

. Applicant is a current member of Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers

. Details of cost will be provided

. Upon completion of the course/event, a short article will be written for publication in the - -newsletter.


Further details on how to apply can be found Here