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 sensitive species may not appear here during the breeding season, unless publicised by site managers or where records relate to what are likely to be passage migrants or wandering non-breeding individuals rather than breeders. Species that this generally applies to include (but are not necessarily limited to): Avocet, Bearded Tit, Bittern, Black-necked Grebe, Cetti's Warbler, Garganey. Goshawk (except from Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint), Honey-buzzard (except from Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint), Marsh Harrier, Mediterranean Gull, Nightingale, Peregrine (except for Nottingham City Centre), Raven, Red Kite and Woodlark (except from Budby Heath). For a range of other species, we will not include specific breeding information - this includes Barn Owl, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Little Ringed Plover, Nightjar, Turtle Dove and Willow Tit. Nevertheless, please submit your sightings anyway."


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

Archived Sightings 2001 - 2017

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2017

Archived Sightings 2017

208 Species recorded so far in 2017. Updated 25th November

Full List Here

Monday 11th December

Hoveringham - Black-throated Diver [Juv, still present on the Sailing Lake, late afternoon at least], Caspian Gull [second-winter, Sailing Lake roost]. Also 4 Whooper Swan, Common Sandpiper, 3 Common Snipe, 2 Common Redshank.

Bramcote - Woodcock [flew over the A52, near Bramcote baths, 16:14].

Langford Lowfields - Bittern [still present].

Barton in Fabis - 28 Grey Partridge [viewed from the Attenborough Nature Reserve river path, 12:30].

Skegby - c. 6 Brambling - [with mixed finch/tit flock, near the Skegby Trail car park, 11:50].

Wollaton Park - 9 Rose-ringed Parakeet [Conservation area, at the back of the lake, this morning].

Sunday 10th December

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Mediterranean Gull [adult, Neatholme Scrape, this afternoon], 3 Hawfinch [showing well In paddock to south of Chainbridge Lane by the village, feeding on Crab Apple, 09:15], Woodcock [flushed from leaf litter near Sewage Works-Parish Park], Water Rail [calling from Neatholme Pit island, opposite the Bench on Neatholme lane], 50+ Siskin.

Dunham Pools - 2 Great White Egret [on the large lake by the river Trent, 15:40].

Kilvington Lakes - 112 Great Black-backed Gull [West Lake, this afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Great White Egret [flew over the reserve opposite cottages flash, heading down river towards Beeston Marina, 12:43], 62 Goosander [Clifton Pit, this evening].

Worksop - Hawfinch [male, feeding on Witch Hazel on the Crabtree Estate, 10:00].

Langford Lowfields - Great White Egret [this morning].

Strelley - Woodcock [flew over the Nottm Business Park on the A6002, this morning].

Bleasby - 4 Red-crested Pochard [Jubilee Ponds, this morning].

Saturday 9th December

Hoveringham - Black-throated Diver [Juv, briefly on the Railway Lake this morning but flushed by a dog walker. Relocated on the Sailing Lake, early afternoon, showing well although distant], 2 Caspian Gull [adult and first-winter, Sailing Lake roost], c. 450 Common Gull [Sailing Lake roost], Red Kite [over the Railway Lake, this morning].

Gringley Carr - 215 Whooper Swan [feeding just behind Fox Coverts], 400 Linnet, 180 Chaffinch, 15 Brambling, 50 Greenfinch, 200 Stock Dove, Water Rail, Little Egret, 3 Kestrel, 2 Sparrowhawk.

Clumber Park - 2 Hawfinch [single female behind the chapel, 12:30, and a second bird in flight across the walled garden, 15:15].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 1+ Hawfinch [one Lound crossroads, 10:50, and second or same in garden of the big White House to the left of Little Top Lane, 12:15].

Bassingfield - 5 Brambling [at least 5 amongst a mixed finch flock of at least 300+, mainly Linnets approx 70%, Chaffinches approx 25%, in trees and fields with numerous seed heads just East of Nathans Lane, 10:30 - 14:30].

Bestwood - Peregrine, Brambling, Tree Sparrow [Lamins Lane, area].

Langford Lowfields - Bittern [again this morning], 5 Whooper Swan [3 adults], Dunlin, 3 Common Redshank, Greenshank, Green Sandpiper,3 Goldeneye.

Idle Washlands - 3 Ruff, c30 Teal, 1 Water Rail calling [Slaynes Lane, this morning].

Calverton - Hen Harrier [Ringtail, over fields between Salterford Lane and Whinbush Lane, this morning].

Aslockton - Red kite [flew west along Abbey Lane, 08:10].

Netherfield Lagoons - Water Rail and Grey Wagtail [Ouse Dyke, early morning].

Friday 8th December

Hoveringham - Black-throated Diver [on the Railway Lake, this afternoon], 2 Red-crested Pochard [Railway Lake], 2 Little Egret, 14 Pochard, 12 Goldeneye, 2 Common Redshank, Green Sandpiper, 2 Water rail, Tree Sparrow [Sailing Lake and Annex Pit, this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Caspian Gull [adults, Bellmore Lake roost, this afternoon], 2 Hawfinch [Lound crossroads, 13:00].

Rufford CP - Hawfinch [female, from the main car park, 10:45].

Thoroton/Shelton - Great White Egret [still present on the river Smite between Thoroton and Shelton, 10:00].

Center Parc's - Hawfinch [single bird perched briefly before flying off, 09:00], Lesser Redpolls [on the feeders].

Clumber Park - 6 Hawfinch [by the main cafe, 08:26].

Langford Lowfields - Bittern [in flight, early morning], Green Sandpiper, Greenshank [heard], 2 Goldeneye.

Thursday 7th December

Retford - Siberian Chiffchaff [probable calling at Hallcroft Fishery, along access road and first pool area, DN22 7RA, present with 2 Chiffchaff, 14:52].

Newstead - Willow Tit [on the new feeders, Newstead Meadow this morning].

Wednesday 6th December

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Mediterranean Gull [adult, from the Bellmoor Lake viewpoint, 14:00].

Huthwaite - Willow Tit [Silverhill Trail, close to Derbyshire border, 13:00].

Tuesday 5th December

Shelton - Great White Egret [still on river Smite, 1 km south of the white bridge, 15:00].

Hoveringham - Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Snipe [Sailing Lake, 12:00].

Osberton - Merlin [male], Raven, Woodcock [on the Osberton Estate, this morning].

Kilvington Lakes - Common Redshank [West Lake].

Cotham Landfill - Yellow-legged Gull [first-winter], 2 Herring Gull [yellow ringed, originating from a landfill near York, this morning].

Kirklington - Blackcap [on garden bird feeder station].

Monday 4th December

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - adult Mediterranean Gull, 3 Caspian Gull [adult, sub-adult, 2nd-winter, in the Bellmoor roost, late afternoon]. Hawfinch [single, flew from the horse paddocks along Chainbridge Lane towards Lound village, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 16 Goosander [meadow lane crossing to Trent next to Beeston marina, 15:20].

Beeston - Peregrine [mobbing Common Buzzard, Leighton cresc allotments/Beeston sewage works, 12:10].

Burton Joyce - Raven [over this morning].

Sunday 3rd December

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 Bewick's Swan [Bellmore Lake, 14:00 - 14:30 then flew off], 2 Caspian Gull [adult and first-winter in the Bellmore Lake roost, this afternoon], c. 5 Hawfinch [single Lound Village viewed from Parish Park, 09:30, minimum of 3 possibly 5 birds, around the crossroads, mid-day and 3 Lound village viewed by horse paddocks along Chainbridge Lane, early afternoon], 6 Whooper Swan [2 adults, Blaco, early afternoon]. Cetti's Warbler and Water Rail [heard/seen opposite seat along southern pathway, Bellmore Lake, this morning].

Bennerley Marsh - 4 Whooper Swan [late afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - Bearded Tit [male, in the Slurry Lagoon reed-bed, mid-afternoon], c. 160 Pink-footed Geese [heading west, this morning], c. 64 Pink-footed Geese [heading north-west, 15:28], Peregrine [on pylon, late afternoon].

Clumber Park - 5 Hawfinch [2 behind the Chapel and 3 near bird hide, this afternoon].

Calverton - c. 400 Pink-footed Geese [over Ramsdale Golf Course, 13:30].

Stapleford - c. 200 Pink-footed Geese [high over heading west, 13.20].

Harlow Wood - Woodcock [put up, 11:30], c.50 Siskin [on alders].

Thrumpton - 7 Whooper Swan [seen from the Long Eaton GP'S heading towards Thrumpton, 08:50].

East Leake Quarry - Bufflehead [Still present this morning but unfortunately it was seen to be bearing a metal ring on the right leg. This is without doubt the same female escapee that has been seen elsewhere in the Midlands and Yorkshire. As this bird was present on a gravel pit inside the quarry it was impossible to put out any site details yesterday].

Saturday 2nd December

Undisclosed South Notts - Bufflehead [female, this mid-afternoon untill dusk, site with no general access, not viewable from any public rights of way. If present tomorrow the landowner will be contacted referring releasing site details and possible access].

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Bellmore Lake] - 2 Caspian Gull [2nd and 1st winter, this afternoon], Mediterranean Gull [Adult], 4 Yellow-legged Gull [3 adults, 1st-winter].

Hickling - c. 30 Brambling [mobile feeding flock mixing with Linnet, Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting in trees along the Grantham Canal, west of Clark’s Bridge, SK 701 299, mid-day]. Also Tree Sparrow, Siskin, Tawny Owl [Hickling, this afternoon].

Burton Joyce - Red Kite [low over Poplars Sports Ground, 10:45].

Friday 1st December

Idle Valley Nature Reserve [Bellmore Lake] - 2 Caspian Gull [adult and 1st-winter, this afternoon] Mediterranean Gull [adult] .

Gedling - 2 Hawfinch [flew over Carlton le Willows academy, 14:24].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - c. 20 Goosander, Water Rail [Clifton Pit, this afternoon], 2 Chiffchaff [around Clifton Pit, 14:25].

Netherfield Lagoons - Stonechat [male, around the Wader Scrape, mid-afternoon].

Thoroton/Shelton - Great White Egret - [on the River Smite between Thoroton and Shelton, 200m from the white bridge near Shelton on the Flawbororough side, with Little Egrets, 10:00].

Many thanks to:

Mervyn Bartle, Roger Bennett, Lionel Bidwell, Adrian Blagden, Ian Bollen, Nigel Bosworth, Robin Brace, Phil Burnham, Paul Buxton, Miles Cluff, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Stu Davenport, Rod Dean, Vic Giles, John Hall, Mike Hill, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Irene Ilott, David Kirman, Mike Leatherland, Ste Lewis, John Mansfield, Tom Marshall, Steve Mathers, Dean Nicholson, Nick Pearce, Clive Prescott, Lionel Reyes, Steve Payne, Martyn Perkins, peter playle, Ken Roberts, Simon Roberts, Andy Shooter, Edmund Staunton, David Tyldesley, Mark Wilde, Rob Woodward.

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



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