Welcome to the Website of the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers

This page will be updated on a daily basis, to provide a convenient news service to scarce & rare birds found within the County Nottinghamshire.

The Sightings page and @Nottsbirders Twitter feed are intended to alert birders to scarcer species that they might be interested in seeing within the County.

Records of more common species are still very important, but should preferably be submitted to the county Recorder Andy Hall. These records will then be added to the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers data-base, to be included in the monthly Newsletter and Annual Reports.

None of these reports have been verified or checked by the Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers' Records Committee.

Records of certain species will not appear here during the breeding season - but please send in your reports regardless.


Please report your Latest Sightings to: nottsbirders@gmail.com or @NottsBirders on the Twitter feed.


Species shown in Blue on this page are species with less than 70 birds recorded in Nottinghamshire since 1970. Bold Red are species with less than 20 records annually and Red are species of interest.

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202 Species recorded so far in 2016. Full List Here


Wednesday 29th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Mediterranean Gull [adult Gull Island, Clifton Pit 18:30].

Kilvington Lakes - Green Sandpiper [West Lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Turtle Dove [near the private fishing lakes on Chainbridge lane], 10 Black-tail Godwit, Common Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen this morning] and Common Sandpiper [Bellmore].

Tuesday 28th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Little Tern [briefly Neatholme Fen 10:30, then flew east].

Kings Mill Reservoir - 4 Common Sandpiper.

Monday 27th June

Bestwood Pit Top - Short-eared Owl [hunting on the Pit Top, 21:50] also hunting Barn Owl and Tawny Owl heard.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Black-tailed Godwit [Chainbridge Scrape, this afternoon].

Langar - Red Kite [over at midday].

Holme Pierrepont - Peregrine [hunting over Blotts this morning].

Sunday 26th June

Netherfield Lagoons - Kittiwake [adult, on the Deep Pit, 15:13 to 16:00 at least]. Also Grasshopper Warbler [reeling from shrubs beside the Large Gravel Pit], Hobby and drk Common Pochard [Slurry Lagoon].

Collingham Pits - Sandwich Tern [Ferry Lane Lake, 12:15 to 16:30 at least]. Also Mandarin.

Hoveringham - 2 Common Pochard [females], Red crested Pochard, Hobby and 2 Ring Plover [Juv and adult on the Railway Lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hen Harrier [sub adult male, Tiln North late morning]. Also Garganey [Chainbridge Scrape].

Saturday 25th June

Sherwood Forest NNR - Spotted Flycatcher, Tawny Owl with juvs, Nightjar and Woodcock [roding male and single bird showing well on the ground].

West Leake - Hobby [over Main Street this morning].

Thrumpton - Egyptian Goose [adult and 8 Juv's, on riverside fields opposite Cranfleet Lock, 09:50].

Hickling - Tern species [probably common, Flew through garden in Hickling, 07:50].

Friday 24th June

Sherwood Forest NNR - Woodlark, Tree Pipit and Nightjar [this evening].

Maplebeck - Nightingale [A singing male, has been present for several days in the rough ground adjacent to the church. The bird apparently only sings from dusk. Please avoid disturbing the bird if visiting the site].

Idle Washlands - Turtle Dove and Marsh Harrier [cream crowned, Slaynes Lane] and Spotted Flycatcher [Misson].

Killvington Lakes - 3 Common Sandpiper [East Lake].

Mansfield - 2 Hobby [Strawberry Hill Heath].

Thursday 23rd June

Clifton Pastures - 2 Hobby and 4 Yellow Wagtail [from the Nottm Rd/Barton Lane Junc, 20:00].

Clumber Park - 2 Common Redstart and 4 Common Crossbill [South Lawns, this morning].

Wednesday 22nd June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hen Harrier [sub adult male, Tiln North hunting around the lake margins]. Also Marsh Harrier [male, Tiln North and old Conservation Pond].

Besthorpe NWT - 2 Green Sandpiper [Meering].

Bestwood Village - 12 Common Crossbill [on top of scots pines, Lamins Lane briefly this afternoon].

Tuesday 21st June

Budby - 2 Nightjar [churring, plus 1 calling] also 2 Woodcock [roding, 22:15 – 23:30].

Kilvington Lakes - 7 Shelduck [2 on West Lake and 5 on North lake], Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Grey Partridge [West Lake] and Barn Owl [at the back of West Lake, this evening].

Sutton-in-Ashfield - Red Kite [over Teversal Visitors Centre, 12:30].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 1 Mediterranean Gull [1s, still present at midday] also drk Goosander.

Holme Pierrepont - Cuckoo [calling near the camp site, off Adbolton Lane midday].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Marsh Harrier [female, hunting Claywoth Common, this morning]. Also Barn Owl.

Monday 20th June

Nott'm City - Raven [high over Traffic Street, 16:00 Cronking loudly].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [just over the county boundary at Newington Flash, South York's late afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 5 Mediterranean Gull [2 Adults, 2 first summer and Juvenile. The first successful breeding attempt in the county, with the first Juvenile seen today on Gull Island Clifton Pit].

Mapperley - Peregrine [female, over Duncan MacMillan House, 14:00].

Budby Common - Cuckoo and 4 Tree Pipit [this morning].

Sunday 19th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cuckoo [calling near sailing club, this morning].

Saturday 18th June

Lambley - Little Owl [on overhead wires, Spring Lane, 19:20].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Spotted Flycatcher.

Bunny - Red Kite [drifted east over A60, 14:00].

Friday 17th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape early evening, then flew towards the River. Originally found on Neatholme Scrape, this morning]. Also Marsh Harrier [female, over Neatholme Scrape this afternoon].

Hoveringham - Common Scoter [drk, on the Sailing Lake].

Thursday 16th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hen Harrier [Imm male, again this evening Tiln north 20:00, then heading north hunting eastern fields of Hayton and Clayworth Common], Short-eared Owl [in the The Willows/Tiln North area, this evening] and Common Scoter [female, on Neatholme Scrape this morning to early evening at least].

Holme Pierrepont - Black-tailed Godwit [Blotts Pit, this evening].

Clifton - Cuckoo [flew over Greencroft, 17:27].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [just over the county boundary at Newington Flash, South York's 12:35].

Netherfield - Common Scoter [female, on the Deep Pit this morning].

Wednesday 15th June

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Hobby and Cuckoo [heard, 20:00].

Barton in Fabis - Corn Bunting [single, near the Balancing Pond, 17:30].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hen Harrier [imm male, again Hayton common towards the village, this afternoon, and present Clayworth Common to Tiln, this evening]. Also 2 Hobby [hawking dragonfly Tiln North] and Short eared Owl.

Beckingham Marshes RSPB - Common Redshank [fledged redshank young today - first breeding success on the reserve]. Also 14 lapwing fledglings, minimum.

Kilvington Lakes - 12 Common Scoter [all drk's, West Lake, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Garganey [2 drk's, Clifton Pit 10:00].

Tuesday 14th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Hen Harrier [male, this evening Tiln North]. Also 2 Arctic Tern [Neatholme Scrape early morning till 2.45 at least].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [Hagg Lane Flash, 11:50].

Monday 13th June

Newstead and Annesley CP - Cuckoo, Little Ringed Plover and Reed Warbler.

Hoveringham - Marsh Harrier [cream crowned, Sailing Lake 11:50 and again at 12:30].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [just over the county boundary at Newington Flash, South York's this morning].

Sunday 12th June

Netherfield Lagoons - Common Scoter [female, on the Slurry Lagoon this morning to early evening at least]. Also Cuckoo.

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Cuckoo.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Black Tailed Godwit [Chainbridge Scrape, late morning].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [Hagg lane flash, from 10.00, flew in from Newington]. Also Hobby [Slaynes Lane].

Saturday 11th June

Widnerpool - Red Kite [flew over A606 near Widnerpool mid afternoon].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [Hagg Lane Flash, 11:55].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Spotted Redshank [Neatholme Fen, from 11:00].

Skegby Trail - Quail [calling briefly this morning, 06:20 at SK492 626. Also heard yesterday morning].

Friday 10th June

Barton in Fabis /Gotham - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [flew over the Nottingham Rd/Barton Lane layby, towards the copse this morning]. Also Corn Bunting and Red Kite.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Garganey [drk, on Clifton Pit briefly, 08:15 then flew towards Barton in Fabis]. Also Mandarin.

Thursday 9th June

Barton in Fabis - 2 Corn Bunting, 3 Yellow Wagtail and Common Redshank [A453 Balancing Pond, 18:30].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [ Hagg Lane Flash this morning to 15:30 at least]. Also Ruff and a brood of 8 Shoveler.

Bennerley Marsh - 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Wednesday 8th June

Harlow Wood - 2 Nightjar [churring male, 22:00 till 22:15, also 1 female], 4 Woodcock [roding 21:30-22:00].

Holme Pierrepont - Black Tern [on the A52 Pit, 18:10].

Clifton - Hobby [over Failsworth Road this evening].

Besthorpe NWT - Marsh Harrier [from the carpark, came in from Girton and flew towards Collingham, adjacent to the Gainsborough/Newark road]. Also Greenshank, Grey Partridge, 2 Common Tern and Cuckoo heard.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Ringed Plover and Hobby [Chainbridge area, this morning]. Red Crested Pochard, Yellow Wagtail and Cuckoo [Bellmoor].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Hobby and Yellow Wagtail this morning.

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Common Redstart [feeding young, this morning].

Budby Common - Cuckoo [heard calling, 07:00] also Tree Pipit and Tawny Owl.

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [just over the county boundary at Newington Flash, South York's this morning].

Tuesday 7th June

Calverton - 2 Red Kite, 3 Raven and Hobby [Spring Water golf course].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 110 Gadwall [Tween Pond, a new site count record for the reserve].

Skegby - Cuckoo [calling briefly, 06:10].

Monday 6th June

Sherwood Forest NNR - Nightjar [single male churring briefly from 22:12]. Also 2 Woodcock roding.

Hoveringham - Osprey [East over the Sailing Lake, with a fish, 12:15]. Also 2 Red Kite, Hobby, Ringed Plover, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper and Cuckoo.

Netherfield Lagoons - Osprey [flew north through the site, 11:30].

Edwalton - Red Kite [over Machins Lane, 08.45].

Sunday 5th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black Tern [through Clifton Pit, 17:57 and still present on Main Pond late evening].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Osprey [10:30].

East Bridgford - Fulmar [low over the church and along the Main Street heading east, 07:09. Picked up again from the A46 bypass bridge and seemed to make off in the general direction of Kilvington].

Saturday 4th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Red-backed Shrike [singing male, along the river path opposite the Coneries outflow/sluice, 14:30 to 17:00 at least].

Clumber Park - Common Redstart [male, South Lodge Road this afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - Garganey [drk, on the Slurry Lagoon, early afternoon]. Also Cuckoo [singing this morning].

Hickling - Red Kite [over Hickling cricket field, 13:45].

Holme Pierrepont - Red-necked Phalarope [female, circled over Blotts Pit for five mins between 08:42 and 08:47 then flew east], 11 Common Scoter [5 drk's, on the A52 Pit 13:30 at least], 2 Cuckoo [Blotts Pit], 4 Hobby [Blotts Pit] and 4 Little Ringed Plover.

Friday 3rd June

Langford Lowfields RSPB - Marsh Harrier [over Phase 2] and a Red Kite [over the North trail this afternoon].

Idle Washlands - Glossy Ibis [South York's on Austerfield flash, Bawtry End till 15:30, then flew towards Hagg Lane and Misson].

Eastwood - Red Kite [mobbed by corvid, then flew off in the direction of Ilkeston, 15:00].

Gotham - Red Kite [over Gotham Hills, 10:30].

Retford - Hobby [Gamston Airport, this morning].

Thursday 2nd June

Carlton - Spotted Flycatcher [Whimsey Park, 19:45].

Gotham - Raven [N/W over Cheese Hill, 13:00].

Wednesday 1st June

Hoveringham - 6 Arctic Tern [on the Sailing Lake for 30mins, 12:00. 5 adults and 1st summer].

Thrumpton - 2 Yellow Wagtail [first field east of Cottages Flash].

Langford Lowfields RSPB - 4 Hobby, 2 Cuckoo and first confirmed Common Redshank chicks for the site.

Nottingham City - Peregrine [one of the Newton building young Falcons was found on the road outside this morning, but was soon put back in the nest apparently none the worst for its fall].

Many thanks to:

Jerry Abbott, Jamie Alexander, Merv Bartle, Michael Blount, Ian Bollen, Dave Bonser, Robin Brace, Sean Browne, Rob Carlyle, Phil Carter, Paul Charlesworth, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, Jackie Dennison Andy Foster, Robert Fudge, Steve Furber, Chris Grimshaw, Martin Green, Andy Hall, Gary Hobson, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Darren Housman, Sharon Ireland, Dave Jones, Mike Leatherland, Francis Leaver, W Lewis, Jonathan Lloyd, David Lumb, Ged Morley, Kitty Parker, Martyn Perkins, Peter Playle, Clive Prescot, Kevin Pyke, Phil Read, Jason Reece, Simon Roberts, Karen Rose, Pete Saunders, Darren Starling, Hayley Sears, Jenny Swindells, Simon Thompson, Mick Tring, Mark Wadeson, Ian Wilson, Rob Woodward.

@NottsBirders Twitter Feed, Lound Bird Club, RSPB Langford Lowfields, Netherfield Wildlife Group.



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