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."


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 on average, less than 20 records annually and Red are species of interest.

Click Here to Access Archived Sightings 2017

196 Species recorded so far in 2017. Updated 1st August

Full List Here

Monday 16th October

Budby Pumping Station - 2 Great White Egret [in dead tree by bridge with Little Egret], 5 Eurasian Wigeon, 18 Common Snipe.

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Rock Pipit [A52 Pit].

King's Mill Reservoir - Mediterranean Gull [1st winter], 10 Common Snipe.

Hoveringham - 2 Rock Pipit [on the Sailing Lake shore line this morning, both departed 10:15]. Also 1 Green Sandpiper, 35 Golden Plover, 60 Redwing.

Sunday 15th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Golden Plover [over Clifton Pit, 17:45], Bittern [Delta Hide, 12:30].

Langford Lowfields - 1w Mediterranean Gull, Dunlin, 2 Ringed Plover.

Gedling CP - 2 Stonechat [late afternoon].

Harworth Pit Top - Jack Snipe [late morning].

Clifton Grove/Barton in Fabis - 38 Redwing [South over Branshill, 11:35], 2 Raven, Peregrine [Branshill Wood, early afternoon], 4 Stonechat [A453 Balancing Pond, 14:00].

Ruddington - 25 Redwing [South over Rushcliffe Golf Course, 11.00].

Bramcote - 2 Hawfinch [South/West over Burnt Hill this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Grey Plover [over Clayworth Common heading East, 08:30, then again 10 minutes later heading same direction so possibly same bird circled round], Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape West], Cettis Warbler [singing Chainbridge Pit], 3 Ruff, juv male Marsh Harrier [Neatholme Fen].

Saturday 14th October

Kilvington Lakes - 7 Goosander [females, West Lake, 16:30], 3 Dunlin, Raven.

Compton Acres - 160 Pink-footed Geese [NE over Compton Acres, 14:00]. Also 3 Chiffchaff and single Redwing.

King's Mill Reservoir - c. 250 Northern Lapwing, 14 Common Snipe.

Barton in Fabis - 12 Grey Partridge [off Manor road, early afternoon].

Hickling - Chiffchaff [this afternoon].

Hoveringham - 2 Brent Geese [flew East to West through the Sailing Lake, 11.10]. Also Green Sandpiper, Grey Wagtail, 2 Common Gull.

Harworth Pit Top - 3 Jack Snipe [on wet grassland over former slurry pond].

Clifton Grove - 86 Meadow Pipit [S/S/W over Branshill, 08:00 - 09:30].

Annesley Pit Top - Hawfinch [S/W, this morning].

Friday 13th October

Hickling - 2 Redwing [over at dusk].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Rock Pipit [S/W over Bellmoor 16:55], 75+ Pink-footed Geese [West], 650+ LBB Gull, 10 Herring Gull, 4w Yellow-legged Gull, Kingfisher, Grey Wagtail.

Langford Lowfields - 450 Pink-footed Geese [over Phase 1], Dunlin, Ringed Plover [Phase 1], Water Rail [Phase 2].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [Clifton Pit, from Tower hide, 13:29], Ruff, Pintail, 23 pochard, Argentatus Herring Gull [all Clifton Pit, this morning].

Kilvington Lakes - 1 Yellow-legged Gull [West Lake].

Burton Joyce - Tree Sparrow [in private garden].

Walkeringham - Yellow Wagtail [Walkeringham sewage works, this morning].

Thursday 12th October

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret, 2 Ruff, Green Sandpiper [Windsurf Pit], Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Stonechat [Clayworth Common], 2 Little Egret, Ruff [Neatholme Fen], 21 Pink-footed Geese [over the Willows], Cettis Warbler [singing, Neatholme Pit], 12 little Egret [Chainbridge Pit], Whooper Swan [Bellmore Lake, from Idle Valley Visitor Centre].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 9 Goosander, Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, this evening].

Clipstone Forest - 2 Stonechat [pair, Watch Hill Heath].

Annesley Pit Top - Grey Plover [through], 3 Hawfinch [S/W, this morning].

Skegby - 5 Redwing [Skegby Trail, 08:00].

Wednesday 11th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Argentatus Herring Gull [Clifton Pit, this evening], Ruff [Clifton Pit, this morning] and Raven over.

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Caspian Gull [1st winters on West Lake].

Staunton - Raven [flew south this morning].

Tuesday 10th October

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 5 Yellow-legged Gull, 4 Argentatus Herring Gull, 2 Common Gull, 4 Snipe, 25 Wigeon [Bellmoor, late afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin.

Besthorpe NR - c. 60 Golden Plover, 4 Curlew.

Clumber Park - Hawfinch [one behind the chapel at midday].

Kilvington Lakes - 3 Yellow-legged Gull [West Lake], 2 Goldeneye [Juv's, North Lake], Raven [flew North].

Hoveringham - 5 Shelduck [Sailing Lake then relocated to the Railway Pit], Goldeneye, 5 Little Egret, 11 Redwing [moving south-west].

Kinoulton - Raven [over Kinoulton allotments, this morning].

St Anns - 2 Raven [over the St Anns allotments, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Ruff, 23 Pochard, Peregrine and 2 Raven [Clifton Pit, from Tower Hide this morning].

Monday 9th October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [into roost on Dragonfly Pond, this evening], Ruddy shelduck [Tween Pond, mid morning].

Kilvington Lakes - 1500 LBB Gull [roosted on East/West Lake, this evening].

Chilwell - Raven [mobbed by crows, over Chilwell High Road, 17.45].

Hoveringham - Brent Goose [circled the Sailing Lake before moving off east], 2 Goldeneye, 3 Green Sandpiper, Red-crested Pochard.

Sunday 8th October

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Common Gull, Green Sandpiper, 8 Common Snipe, leucistic Lapwing [Bellmore Lake, this evening], Brambling [along the footpath through Clayworth Copse this afternoon], Great White Egret [Windsurf Pit this morning then relocated to Chainbridge Scrape].

Beeston - 6 Ring-necked Parakeet [flew across Abbey Road, Beeston in the direction of Broadgate Park, 09:45].

Lenton - 14 Redwing [west over Highfields Park, 11:22].

Saturday 7th October

Holme Pierrepont - Greater Scaup [female, A52 Pit this afternoon].

Collingham Pits - Gannet [Juv Ferry Lane Lake, bobbing about on the water slowly getting swept into the N/E corner where it was lost to view amongst the bank side trees, 11:40].

Friday 6th October

Collingham Pits - Gannet [Juv, Ferry Lane Lake, 17:45 at least].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [into roost on Dragonfly Pond, 18:18], 52 Pink-footed Geese [high over WNW this afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - 3 Bearded Tit [adult male and two juvenile/female, Silt Lagoon 7 which can be viewed from the viewing screen].

Mansfield Woodhouse - Red Kite [heading S/E, 15:45].

Bestwood Country Park - Stonechat [male, 12:50].

Hoveringham - 3 Green Sandpiper, 2 Swallow, 13 Skylark [moving south], Raven, Grey Wagtail [Sailing Lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [Neatholme Scrape this morning then relocated to Chainbridge Scrape], 3 Whooper Swan [on finger ponds at Northern end of Chainbridge Pit, 09:20].

Clumber Park - Yellow-browed Warbler [trapped and ringed at Drayton Pond, this morning].

Nott'm City - female Red-crested Pochard, 8 Mandarin [4 drk's, Nottingham-Beeston canal opposite Sainsburys].

Thursday 5th October

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Stonechat [still present by West Lake, this evening].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Great White Egret [windsurf pit].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [sat up in reeds Clifton pit this evening], Pintail, Peregrine, 3 Ruff, Black-tailed Godwit, Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper and 60+ Shoveler [all Clifton Pit].

Barton in Fabis - 2 Common Sandpiper, Common Snipe, 2 Teal, 3 Little Egret [A453 Balancing Pond, this afternoon].

Hoveringham - Red Kite, Hobby, Peregrine, Green Sandpiper, Raven, 5 House Martin [Sailing Lake], 3 Whooper Swan [adults on Railway Pit, 12:30].

Wednesday 4th October

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Little Stint [Bellmoor Lake], Great White Egret [Chainbridge Scrape], Black-necked Grebe [Neatholme Pit].

Budby Pumping Station - Great White Egret [still present on Budby Flash], Green Sandpiper, 4 Eurasian Wigeon.

Serlby - c50 Pink-footed Geese [S/easterly over Serlby Golf Course towards Ranskill Village. 11:30].

Kilvington Lakes - 9 Whooper Swan [East Lake from 10:10 to 10:30 only], Ringed Plover, 2 Stonechat

Tuesday 3rd October

Budby Pumping Station - Great White Egret [present on the Flash throughout day].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 Little Stint [on the main island on Bellmoor Lake from visitor centre], Great White Egret [on Chainbridge Scrape at west end viewed from metal access barrier], Hen Harrier [ringtail, Clayworth Common 10:30].

Idle Washlands - Little Stint, 2 Ringed Plover and Dunlin [Hagg Lane Flash].

Wollaton Park - 7 Ring-necked Parakeet [lakeside, this morning].

Monday 2nd October

Langford Lowfields - Grey Plover [Juvenile, Silt Lagoon this morning], Ringed Plover.

Holme Pierrepont - Hobby, Common Sandpiper [Blotts Pit, this afternoon], Raven [over “cronking”].

Kilvington Lakes - 4 Ringed Plover, Dunlin [West Lake].

Besthorpe NR - c. 200 Eurasian Wigeon, c. 250 Northern Lapwing, 10 Common Snipe, 4 Curlew [Mons Pool].

Collingham Pits - Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Pintail, 31 Shoveler [Wharf Pit].

Wollaton - c. 15 Ring-necked Parakeet [flying around the trees in the school grounds of the Bluecoat Academy, midday. Smaller numbers first seen 26th Sept, often visiting the school bird feeder].

Idle Washlands - Little Stint [Hagg Lane Flash, this morning].

Nott'm City - 4 Mandarin [3 drk's, Nottingham-Beeston canal opposite Sainsburys, midday].

Sunday 1st October

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Bittern [Clifton Pit from Tower hide, 18:33], 1+Ring-necked Parakeet [Attenborough church yard, 09:34].

Budby Pumping Station - Great White Egret [still present on Budby Fash, this afternoon].

Kilvington Lakes - Dunlin, Ruff, 5 Ringed Plover [all on West Lake, this afternoon].

Idle Washlands - Little Stint, 6 Ringed Plover [Hagg Lane Flash, 08:30].

Many thanks to:

Laurence Archibald, Bob Beck, Roger Bennett, Michael Blount, Ian Bollen, Robin Brace, Rob Currie, Mark Dawson, Heather Easton, Richard Ellison, Steve Furber, Kev Hawkridge, John Hopper, Darren Housman, Henry Kirkwood, Francis Leaver, Jonathan Lloyd, David Lumb, Ged Morley, Dave Morton, Steve Payne, Peter Playle, Jason Reece, Simon Roberts, Chris Robinson, Richard Scott, Hayley Sears, Tom Shields, Mark Speck, Darren Starling, Edmund Staunton, Glen Thomas, Simon Thompson, Geoff Tindsley, Paul Wilcox, Will Woods.

@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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