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.



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

Please remember to submit all sightings to Andy Hall each month, using the Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded from the Recording page.

Launch of the Birds of Nottinghamshire

On Saturday, 14th December, the new 'Birds of Nottinghamshire' book will be officially launched at the Attenborough Nature Centre. This 608 page publication, which has been 8 years in the making, will be an essential reference for anyone with an interest in the birds of the county.

Nottinghamshire Birdwatchers would like to invite you to the launch - but places are limited to ensure that room capacity isn't exceeded. 40 spaces are available at each of two sessions on the day, the first in the morning (1000-1200) and the second after lunch (1300-1500). Refreshments will be provided, and both session will comprise a talk from the authors followed by a short walk on the reserve, and then a book signing with copies of the book for sale. Note that the book signing is not limited by numbers, so if you are around on the reserve towards the end of either session, and would like to drop in, we'd be delighted to see you. There will also be artwork and photos from the book on display.

To book your place, please go to Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust's website

Avifauna Radio broadcast and talk at IVNR

Tuesday 10th December 14:30 - David Parkin on Radio Nottingham.

David will be talking about the production and launch of the Birds of Nottinghamshire book.

Thursday 12th December 19:30 - North Notts group of the Wildlife Trust.

Christmas Social at Idle Valley Visitor Centre. Tim Sexton will be taking some copies of the Birds of Nottinghamshire book along and David Parkin will say a few words about its production.

Archived Sightings 2001 - 2018

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2018

Archived Sightings 2019

Species shown in bold Purple on this page are BBRC rarities or species recorded on less than ten occasions in the county. Bold Blue are rare and scarce county birds recorded less than annually that require a description or supporting details for the society’s archive. A full list of these species can be found on the Recording page. Red are species of interest. Bold GREY are unconfirmed sightings or a species of unknown origin.

Sunday 8th December

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret, 2 Stonechat [Tiln North], 2 Ruff [Conservation Lake], Goldeneye, Smew [redhead], 2 Great White Egret [Neatholme Fen], Marsh Harrier [imm male, Tiln North/Chainbridge], 2 Brambling [with Chaffinch flock, Walters Lane], 3 Goosander [flew over towards Chainbridge].

Collingham Pits - Great White Egret [Wharf Pit, late morning]; also 28 Whooper Swan [Ferry Lane Lake].

Holme Pierrepont - KITTIWAKE [adult, Blotts Pit 09:37], Long-tailed Duck [juvenile, still on the A52 Pit].

Langford Lowfields - WATER PIPIT, Marsh Harrier [cream-crown], Whooper Swan, 2 Stonechat [this morning].

Burton Joyce - 2 Raven [over Poplars Sports Ground].

Saturday 7th December

Kilvington Lakes - Short-eared Owl, Peregrine [this evening].

Gringley Carr - 50 Whooper Swan, 2 Stonechat, 3 Corn Bunting [this afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck, redhead Smew [A52 Pit, this morning].

Netherfield Lagoons - 4 Green Sandpiper [still present on the New Workings].

Spalford Pit - 19 Pintail [this morning].

Collingham Pits - 20+Whooper Swan [in fields between Collingham and Langford].

Langford Lowfields - WATER PIPIT, Jack Snipe, Marsh Harrier, 11 Pintail [7 Phase Three, 3 Phase Two, dr'k, Phase One south of the Boardwalk].

Wollaton Park - 5 Ring-necked Parakeet [at the back of the Lake].

Bennerley Marsh - Willow Tit [early morning].

Friday 6th December

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cattle Egret [Coneries, 14:00].

Rufford CP - BLACK REDSTART [female/first-winter male, still present mid-afternoon at least].

Idle Washlands - WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE [Slaynes Lane, midday with Greylags] BEWICK’S SWAN [single with c.200 Whooper Swan].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret, 8 Stonechat [Tiln North, this morning].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Stonechat [West Lake].

Bennerley Marsh - 2 Raven.

Thursday 5th December

Rufford CP - BLACK REDSTART [female/first-winter male, Initially on the ruins this morning but then spent most of its time on the abbey roof around the bell tower].

Collingham Pits - 34 Whooper Swan [31 adults, Ferry Lane Lake]; also Great White Egret, 3 Stonechat.

Balderton Lake - 9 Goosander [3 drk's], 4 Little Egret.

Wednesday 4th December

Kilvington Lakes - 3 Short-eared Owl [this evening].

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Woodcock [in flight at dusk], Bearded Tit [heard calling from the reedbed], 4 Green Sandpiper, 134 Teal [on the new workings].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 78 Goosander [into roost on Clifton Pit, this evening].

Sherwood - 100+ Pied Wagtail [roosting inside HMP Nottingham].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Stonechat [pair, feeding near Seymore Grove, this afternoon].

Clumber Park - Raven [flew towards the chaple from South Lawns, 12:20].

Idle Washlands - BEWICK'S SWAN [single, with 50+Whooper Swan, Slaynes Lane, late morning].

Tuesday 3rd December

Idle Washlands - 2 BEWICK'S SWAN [still with c.250 Whooper Swan, Slanes Lane]; also 4 Pintail, Barnacle Goose.

Hoveringham - Golden Plover, Red Kite [Sailing Lake].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Raven, 34 Fieldfare, Redpoll [Budby South Forest].

Monday 2nd December

Owthorpe - Woodcock [at dusk].

Netherfield Lagoons - BITTERN [in reeds on the north side of the Slurry Lagoon, mid-afternoon]; also 1+Bearded Tit.

Collingham Pits - 27 Whooper Swan [Ferry Lane lake, in front of 5bar metal gate with mutes].

Langford Lowfields - 2 Marsh Harrier, Jack Snipe, Great White Egret, 2 Pintail, BITTERN; also 2 Stonechat [pair on reads near 360 screen].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Curlew [Hayton Common], Ruff [Conservation Lake], 2 Stonechat [Tiln North].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 1+Bearded Tit [heard from the Clifton Pit reedbed, 11:18], 64 Goosander [roosted on Clifton Pit, this evening].

Sunday 1st December

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Short-eared Owl [late afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Short-eared Owl [Tiln North, this afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - Bearded Tit [1+heard calling from the Slurry Lagoon reedbed, this afternoon], 2 Ruddy Shelduck, Green Sandpiper [New Workings], Chiffchaff [in the Willows], c.2500 Starling [roosted in the Slurry Lagoon reedbed].

Worksop - 30 Pink-footed Geese [heading north-west, 12:00].

Collingham Pits - Smew [redhead, Ferry Lane Lake, 11:35], 44 Whooper Swan [field between Ferry Lane Lake and the river, early afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - Long-tailed Duck [juvenile, still present on the A52 Pit, 11:05].

Barton in Fabis - Curlew [heard calling towards Cottages Flash, 10:50], 3+Brambling [with mixed finch flock feeding in maze field, 09:45].

Skegby - 110 Pink-footed Geese [heading north-east, 10:30].

Calverton - Red Kite [over Patchings Art Centre, 10:30].

Spalford Pit - Marsh Harrier, 6 Pintail.

Langford Lowfields - 2 Smew [redheads, Phase 1, 08:24], WATER PIPIT [Phase 3, late morning], 120 Pink-footed Geese [skiens of 90 and 30 over north-west]; also Marsh Harrier, 3 Stonechat, 9 Pintail, Chiffchaff.

Idle Washlands - 6 BEWICK’S SWAN [4ad + 2juv, along Slaynes Lane with c.110 Whooper Swans, early this morning]; also 12 Pintail, 2 Goldeneye [viewed distantly from northern side, as whole area still under water].

Rufford Country Park - Hawfinch [single in the main car park]; also, 5 Goosander, 20 Siskin and 4 Marsh Tit.

Many thanks to:

Merv Bartle, Nigel Bosworth, Phil Burnham, Paul Buxton, Alan Clewes, Nick Crouch, Mark Dawson, Rod Dean, Jacqueline Dennison, John Ellis, Steve Furber, John Gallagher, Indy Kiemel Greene, Joe Harris, Josh Hedley, John Hopper, Michael Leatherland, Ian Livsey, Steve Moakes, Roger Pask, Steve Payne, Peter Playle, Simon Roberts, Keith Smith, Dougie Whall, Rob Woodward.

@NottsBirders Twitter Feed/Facebook Group, Lound And Bellmoor Facebook Group, Lound Whatapp Group, RSPB Langford Lowfields, Netherfield Wildlife Group, Doncaster Birding.


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