Welcome to the Website of the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers

 

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.


Membership


Members receive an annual report and twelve copies of the Monthly Newsletter.

The society organises local guided walks and trips to birdwatching areas further afield.

 

New members are always welcome, details are available from:

Lynne Demaine, 33 Daleside, Cotgrave, Nottingham, NG12 3QN

If you require more information please email Lynne Demaine .

 

Membership can be paid either by cheque or bankers order.

 

For Membership payments by cheque, download a Membership form below and post to the above address. Please enclosed a cheque for the Annual subscription made out to the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers.

 

For Membership payments by bankers order, download the bankers order form below and email the completed form to Lynne Demaine

 

Annual subscription: Adult and family membership: £14.00 ; Junior membership: £7.00

 

Membership, Bankers Order and Gift Aid Forms

 

Membership Form

To join, download the Membership Form in Microsoft Word Format  [29kb] or download the Membership Form in PDF Format  [90kb]. Fill in the form and post it to Lynne at:

Lynne Demaine, 33 Daleside, Cotgrave, Nottingham, NG12 3QN

 

Bankers Order

Existing members can ease the administrative load by paying by Banker's Order. Download the Bankers Order Form in Microsoft Word Format  [53kb] or download the Bankers Order Form in PDF Format  [72kb]. Fill in the form and send it to your bank.

 

Gift Aid

Gift Aid currently gives the society £3.92 per tax-paying member. So, please download the Gift Aid form in Microsoft Word Format  [29kb] or download the Gift Aid Form in PDF Format  [30kb]. Fill in the form and send it to Chris Hughes at:

Chris Hughes, 95 Park Lane, Sutton Bonington, Loughborough, Leics LE12 5NO.

 

The Annual Report

 

The Annual Report is the Society's main publication.

It contains a review of the year, a full systematic list, topical articles and papers and is enhanced by many excellent photographs and line drawings.

The report is free to the society members as part of their annual subscription.

Back issues at reduced prices may also be available.

Please contact: Jenny Swindells

21 Chaworth Road, West Bridgeford, Nottingham NG2 7AE

0115 9812432 j.swindells@btinternet.com for details.

 

The Newsletter

 

The Newsletter is now only available as the enewsletter version that is received by email. The printed paper vision was phased out in mid 2017 to cuts costs, saving the society costs in printing and postage. A sample enewsletter in PDF format can be viewed below.

Download the sample enewsletter here [PDF]

 

Contributions for inclusion in the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers monthly Newsletter should be sent to Sam Viles or Mike Hill. Items such as UK/foreign trip reports and general birding topics from around Nottinghamshire are always welcome.

 

Bird Records

 

 

Bird Records

All bird records, including descriptions of rare or scarce species, should be sent to:

Andy Hall, 10 Staverton Road, Bilborough, Nottingham, NG8 4ET

Email Andy Hall

 

All records should sent in the format listed below, and you can enter species in any order, using this format.

 

Species Location First Date Last Date Count Notes Name
Little Grebe Colwick Park 31/12/06 10 All together on main pond A N Other

 

Download the spreadsheet - Excel 2007 / 2013. Please email completed spreadsheets to Andy Hall

 

If you are lucky enough to find a rarity within the county that you wish to report, we have produced a new form that we would like you to complete: Download here. [Word 2007+, 13kb].

Please email the compleated form to Andy Hall


Rarity Sightings - Record Form

We have produced a new form that we would like you to complete if you wish to report a rarity that you have seen in Nottinghamshire: [Word 2007+, 13kb].


History

 

The Trent Valley Bird Watchers was formed in 1935 by amongst other people, Arthur Mason. He lived in East Bridgeford a few miles to the east of Nottingham. For quite a few years until the early 1980's, most meetings were still held at the village. In 1986 the name of the society was changed to its present one of "Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers" to reflect the membership was recording bird life in the drier north and west half of the county of Nottinghamshire.

The society has been involved in several long running surveys. These have included species such as Rook, Mute Swan, Grey Herons, Canada Goose, Sand Martin and Acrocephalus warblers. Members also co-operate in the Wildfowl, CBC and WBS. It even tried to carry out a Tetrad breeding bird census for Nottinghamshire in the 1980's but the efforts petered out. Recently the trend has been to put population and breeding surveys on a back boiler, with more emphasis placed on rarity reporting.

The Society has also played a major role in the drawing up of a list of Nottinghamshire's Birds of Conservation Concern. Starting with the national “Red” and “Amber” lists, it was extended to include local birds of special concern. Download a PDF version of the below.

Nottinghamshire's Birds of Conservation Concern PDF icon

 

The society has published an annual report since 1958, reports had been published from 1943, but often several years were combined into one booklet. In 1980 the annual report was published following the Voous nomenclature instead of the Wetmore order it was previously in. In 1993 the report used for the first time the "British Birds list of Western Palearctic Birds". Enter Tundra Swan and Hedge Accentor. It also published its county bird book "The Birds of Nottinghamshire" edited by Austin Dobbs, in 1975. Also published was a study of breeding Honey Buzzards written by Antony Irons.

Field outings have been held since at least 1950 when one of the venues was Gibraltar Point., more recent outings have been day trips to Norfolk and Yorkshire coasts and 5 day adventures to Scotland and the Shetlands.