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.

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

Archived Sightings 2001 - 2018

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2018

Archived Sightings 2018

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 birds 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.

Thursday 16th August

Besthorpe Nature Reserve - GARGANEY, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper [Mons Pool, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Greenshank, 2 Ringed Plover.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Greenshank, 4 Ruff, 3 Dunlin, Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, 09:47].

Market Warsop - 16 Yellow Wagtail [through south], 8 Common Swift.

Thoresby Park - Tree Pipit, Lesser Whitethroat, 20 Common Swift, 64 House Martin, single Sand Martin, Yellow Wagtail.

Wednesday 15th August

Holme Pierrepont - GREAT WHITE EGRET [flew from Old Skylaks Lake, to Blotts Pit, 16:48, then flew north-west, 18:20]. Also Whinchat, Common Sandpiper, Common Snipe.

Cottam - CASPIAN GULL [yellow ringed juvenile on Trent bank, both on the Lincs and Notts side, before flying high south/south/west].

Center Parcs - Spotted Flycatcher [family group that were actively flycatching in the same area, this afternoon]. Also c.150 House Martin.

Bulcote - OSPREY [perched in dead tree, Between Lowdham and Bulcote level crossing, 14:05].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - TURTLE DOVE [2 near the bridge at the end of Neatholme Lane,1 purring], 3 GARGANEY [Chainbridge Scrape East], 3 Greenshank [Neatholme Fen], 2 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen], 2 Common Swift [south through Neatholme Scrape].

Netherfield Lagoons - 6 Common Snipe [Slurry Lagoon reed-bed, 11:00].

Thoresby Park - Tree Pipit, Tree Sparrow, 4 Common Swift, 8 House Martin.

Besthorpe Nature Reserve - c. 200 Northern Lapwing, Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper [Mons Pool, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Common Sandpiper [both Deep Water Pit], 3 Wigeon, 3 Ringed Plover, Greenshank [all Phase 3, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GREAT WHITE EGRET [east through Clifton Pit, 08:00], 20+Common Swift [Conneries, 08:50], 2 Greenshank, 2 juv Little Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit, late afternoon].

Hoveringham - BLACK REDSTART [showing on the container in the scout compound, 08:00, Please only view from the permissive footpath], Common Snipe, Green Sandpiper, 7 Yellow Wagtail [Sailing Lake].

Tuesday 14th August

Holme Pierrepont - Ringed Plover, 3 Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper [Blotts Pit, this evening].

Spalford - 9 Yellow-legged Gull.

Besthorpe - 3 Curlew [2 Mons pool, 1 on the Silt Lagoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Greenshank, 3 Common Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin [Clifton Pit, 09:25], Ringed Plover, 3 Ruff [Clifton Pit, 16:00].

Budby - Raven, 3 Common Swift [over near the village].

Langford Lowfields - BLACK-NECKED GREBE [still present this morning, on deep water lake viewable from southern boundary public footpath], TURNSTONE, Greenshank, Golden Plover, 5 Curlew, 2 Common Sandpiper, juv Yellow-legged Gull, 10 Swift [Phase 3, this morning].

Monday 13th August

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 9 Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, 20:10], Greenshank [Clifton Pit, 08:20 - 17:00 at least]. Also 2 Dunlin, 2 Ruff, 6+Yellow Wagtail.

Langford Lowfields - Whinchat [by cycle track, south of the reserve this afternoon], Golden Plover, 3 Common Sandpiper, 40+Lapwing, Hobby, female Marsh Harrier, 5 Wigeon, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, 7 Common Swift, 50+Goldfinch [all Phase 3].

Barton in Fabis - 4 Hobby [over Branshill Wood, 15:18].

Besthorpe Nature Reserve - Curlew, 30+Lapwing, 4 Common Tern [Mons Pool, 11:45]. Also 2 Lesser Whitethroat.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Pochard [Chainbridge Scrape east, this morning], 6 Dunlin [Bellmore lake, on the island], 2 Common Snipe [by the IVNR visitors centre].

Hoveringham - Little Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Hobby, 3 Raven [Sailing Lake].

Sunday 12th August

Besthorpe Nature Reserve - MEDITERRANEAN GULL [first-summer, briefly at Meering this afternoon, before flying upriver].

Langford Lowfields - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 10 Ringed Plover, Greenshank, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Whinchat, Northern Wheatear, 2 Hobby.

Thoresby Park - 606 House Martin, 23 Common Swift, 12 Swallow, 2 Yellow Wagtail, Hobby.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Green Sandpiper [Beeston Marsh, mid-afternoon].

Barton in Fabis - 15+Yellow Wagtail [feeding under Long Horns on pasture along New Road, early afternoon], Raven, Hobby, Peregrine [over Branshill Wood].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 6 GARGANEY [Chainbridge Scrape east], Dunlin, Hobby [Chainbridge Scrape east], 4 Green Sandpiper [1 Neatholme Scrape, 3 Neatholme Fen], 3 Greenshank [in the area but mobile], TURTLE DOVE [Cross Lane], Tawny Owl [calling early morning along Walters Lane and Neatholme Lane], 35 Common Swift [Neatholme Scrape], 250 Sand Martin [150 Neatholme Scrape, 100 Chainbridge Scrape east], 5 Lesser Whitethroat [3 The Willows, 2 Neatholme Lane].

Saturday 11th August

Kneesall - LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER [male, on fruit trees in private garden for 20mins this afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - 4cy CASPIAN GULL, 3 Yellow-legged Gull, juv Ruff, Dunlin, Black-tailed Godwit, 4 Ringed Plover, Green Sandpiper, Whinchat, 3 Hobby, Peregrine.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Ruff, Little Ringed Plover, 2 Common Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, 16:00].

Hoveringham - BLACK REDSTART [showing on the metal gate of the scout compound, early afternoon, Please only view from the permissive footpath].

Thorseby Park - Tree Pipit [11:45], 60+ Common Swift, House Martin [mixed flock low west over Thoresby Lake], 3 Swallow, Hobby, 21 Linnet, 2 Siskin.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 7 GARGANEY [ Chainbridge Scrape east, 07:00], Hobby, juv Little Ringed Plover, 4 Dunlin, [Chainbridge Scrape east], Common Sandpiper [Blaco], 3 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen] Greenshank [through], 2 TURTLE DOVE [Wildgoose Farm], Common Swift [4 through and c60 over Neatholme Scrape], Lesser Whitethroat [The Willows] 7 Yellow Wagtail [over], 5 Red-legged Partridge [adult and 4 young Wildgoose Farm], 3 Grey Partridge [Clayworth Common].

Friday 10th August

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 4 GARGANEY, Black-tailed Godwit, Dunlin, Green Sandpiper, 2 Hobby [Chainbridge Scrape east], fem Marsh Harrier, Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North], CASPIAN GULL [juv, Bellmore Lke, 12:50].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Dunlin [Clifton Pit, 14:07], 29 Common Tern, Hobby [Clifton Pit [late evening].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Common Sandpiper, Red-crested Pochard [Blotts Pit, this afternoon], Common Sandpiper [old Skylarks], numerous Common Swift over A52 pit.

Idle Washlands - 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 20 Common Snipe, 2 Marsh Harrier [Slaynes Lane, this morning], 29 Little Egret [Hagg Lane Flash], 39 Little Egret, Greenshank, Common Redshank, 3 Ruff, 7 Green Sandpiper, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, 30 Common Snipe [Newington Flash, S.York's].

Langford Lowfields - BITTERN [showing well this morning].

Thursday 9th August

Langford Lowfields - Ringed Plover, 2 Little Ringed Plover, 3 Greenshank, Common Redshank, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Wigeon [Phase 3, this morning].

Besthorpe NWT - Little Ringed Plover, Curlew, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Green Sandpiper, Hobby [Mons Pool this morning], 6 Little Egret [flew into roost], 2 Lesser Whitethroat [this evening].

Collingham Pits - c.420 Tufted Duck [Ferry Lane Lake].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, 4 Common Sandpiper, Dunlin, juv Little Ringed Plover [Clifton pit, 08:50].

Thoresby Park - Hobby, Tree Pipit, Yellow Wagtail, 3 Swallow, 12 House Martin, 7 Common Swift [this morning].

Wednesday 8th August

Hoveringham - BLACK REDSTART [still present around the scout compound, 17:15-17:30. Please only view from the permissive footpath], 20 Common Swift, 70 Sand Martin, 30 Swallow 20 Swift [feeding over the Sailing Lake late afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 5 GARGANEY [Chainbridge Scrape east], 2 Marsh Harrier [juv Clayworth Common, male Chainbridge Scrape east], Hobby [Chainbridge Scrape east], Little Ringed Plover, 12 Black-tailed Godwit [ arrived at Chainbridge Scrape east, 15:15], 2 Dunlin [singles on Chainbridge Scrape east, Bellmoor Lake], Common Sandpiper [Bellmoor Lake], 2 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen, Bellmoor Lake] Greenshank [Neatholme Fen], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juv Chainbridge Scrape, east], 2 Yellow-legged Gull [Bellmoor Lake], TURTLE DOVE [Wildgoose Farm].

Chilwell - Hobby [over heading south, 17:15].

Thoresby Park - 263 House Martin, 19 Common Swift, 4 Swallow, Yellow Wagtail, 4 Reed Warbler, 2 Siskin.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Ruff, Common Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, this morning].

Tuesday 7th August

Langford Lowfields - 3 SANDERLING, Ringed Plover, 2 Greenshank, Common Sandpiper, 7 Yellow-legged Gull, 3 Wigeon [Phase 3, this evening], CASPIAN GULL [first-summer], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile], Yellow-legged Gull [first-winter], Greenshank [Phase 3, early afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Black-tailed Godwit [Clifton Pit, 17:40], 3 Ruff, Common Gull [Clifton Pit, this morning].

Netherfield Lagoons - Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper [singles on the Slurry Lagoon, early afternoon].

Besthorpe Nature Reserve - 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper [Mons Pool, this afternoon].

Kilvington Lakes - 37 Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Greenshank [this afternoon].

Hoveringham - Pied Flycatcher [female in Willow tree by the Trentside Pit, 11:00],

BLACK REDSTART [still present around the scout compound, please only view from the permissive footpath], 3 Little Ringed Plover, Black-tailed Godwit, Northern Wheatear [Sailing Lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - 2 GARGANEY, TURNSTONE, 2 Common Sandpiper, 3 Ringed Plover [Chainbridge Scrape east], TURTLE DOVE [The Willows], Yellow Wagtail [Tiln North], 5 Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen].

Newark Sugar Factory - 9 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper, TURTLE DOVE, 9 Common Buzzard, 2 Little Egret.

Thoresby Park - 27 Common Swift [through south], Yellow Wagtail.

Monday 6th August

Netherfield Lagoons - BITTERN [Slurry Lagoon reed-bed, this evening], 2 Black-tailed Godwit [briefly, then flew south-east], 2 Green Sandpier, 3 Water Rail, Red-crested Pochard, Hobby, Willow Tit, c.40 Swallow, c.300 Starling [roosted in the reeds, late evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 Ruff, 4 Common Sandpiper, 4 Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, 18:52].

Thoresby Park - Spotted Flycatcher [briefly near private garden, 14:55, Yellow Wagtail, 6 Swift [through south], House Martin [large numbers, high over to the west].

Hoveringham - BLACK REDSTART [age uncertain, around the Railway Pit, Scout compound], Little Ringed Plover, 2 Ruddy Shelduck [Sailing Lake].

King's Mill Reservoir - 3 SANDWICH TERN [on mud in south-west corner until 07:40]. Also Greenshank [early morning only].

Sunday 5th August

Holme Pierrepont - Spoonbill [Juv, Blotts Pit, 07:20 - 20:50, then flew west]. Also 3 Green Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Langford Lowfields - 2 CASPIAN GULL [second-summer inderviduals, this evening].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - TURTLE DOVE [Neatholme Fen], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juv on Chainbridge Scrape, east], Common Redstart, Spotted Flycatcher [The Willows], Hobby [over Cross Lane], 4 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen], Greenshank [Neatholme Fen], 4 Common Snipe [2 Chainbridge Scrape, east, 2 Neatholme Fen].

Newstead - Raven [over north to south, this morning].

Keyworth - Raven.

Barton in Fabis - Marsh Harrier [cream crown, high over Branshill, drifting south-east towards Gotham, 09:25]. Also Hobby.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - BITTERN [flew out of the Wet Marsh reed-bed, this morning], 3 Ruff [Clifton Pit, 08:23], 2 Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow].

Idle Washlands - 2 Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper, 2 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, 30 Common Snipe [Slaynes Lane], 30 Little Egret, 3 Ruff, 3 Green Sandpiper, juv Common Gull, 9 Common Tern [Newington Flash, S.York's].

Saturday 4th August

West Bridgford - 2 BITTERN [flew up-river from Trent Bridge, 22:00].

Langford Lowfields - 2 SANDERLING, 4 Curlew, 2 Ringed Plover, 3 Black-tailed Godwit, 15 Common Snipe, juvenile Peregrine and Hobby.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - GARGANEY [female/imm Chainbridge Scrape, east], 2 Wigeon [Neatholme Fen, 1 Blaco], 14 Red-crested Pochard [Neatholme Pit, 3 Neatholme Scrape], Hobby [The Willows], 3 Dunlin [Neatholme Fen], 6 Common Sandpiper [1 Chainbridge Scrape, east, 1 Neatholme Fen, 4 Blaco], 4 Green Sandpiper [3 Neatholme Fen, 1 Neatholme Scrape], 2 Greenshank [1 Blaco, 1 Neatholme Fen], 2 Common Snipe [1 Chainbridge Scrape, east, 1 Blaco], 4 TURTLE DOVE [1 Cross Lane, 1 Neatholme Fen, 1 Neatholme Lane, 1 Neatholme Pit], Common Redstart [juv, The Willows], c.20 Yellow Wagtail [through south].

Annesley Pit Top - Black tailed Godwit [08:20].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Ruff, 9 Black-tailed Godwit, Common Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, 07:15], 3 Dunlin [through the Sailing Pit, 10:50], Black-tailed Godwit [Church Pond, 11:03].

Friday 3rd August

Langford Lowfields - SANDERLING, 22 Black-tailed Godwit [flock of 15 and 7], Dunlin, 5 Yellow-legged Gull [Phase 3, this evening], Juv MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 2 Green Sandpiper, 2 Common Sandpiper, Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin, Peregrine [this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] -BLACK-NECKED GREBE [juv, still present Bellmore Lake], TURTLE DOVE [ purring on Neatholme Lane], Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Dunlin [Neatholme Fen], Common Redstart [juv/female, The Willows, this morning].

Idle Washlands - 6 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Ruff, 11 Common Snipe, 23 Little Egret [Hagg Lane Flash].

Kilvington Lakes - 4 Northern Shoveler, 5 Common Sandpiper [3 East Lake, 2 West Lake], 2 Raven.

Thursday 2nd August

Market Warsop - 2 Nightjar [over private garden, 09:50].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - female GARGANEY, 2 Greenshank [Chainbridge Scrape east].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Green Sandpiper, 3 Common Sandpiper [Clifton Pit, this evening].

Wednesday 1st August

Idle Washlands - Ruff, Green Sandpiper, Common Snipe, 6 Little Egret [Hagg Lane Flash].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 53 Little Egret [Conneries roost, 21:30], 5 Green Sandpiper [2 Clifton Pit, 3 Beeston Marsh, this afternoon].

Netherfield Lagoons - Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper [on the Slurry Lagoon early evening]. Also Peregrine [on pylon].

Kilvington Lakes - 16 Yellow-legged Gull [across East and West Lakes - mainly adults or near-adults, but single juv and 2cy].

Langford Lowfields - Juvenile MEDITERRANEAN GULL and eclipse drake GARGANEY [still present].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Marsh Harrier [cream crown], Hobby, Green Sandpiper [Chainbridge Scape, this afternoon].

King’s Mill Reservoir - WOOD SANDPIPER [still in south-east corner in far shallows, 13:35 or resting in reeds under the large willow, 14:25].

Thoresby Park - 50+House Martin, Raven [through west].

Lenton - 2 Ruddy Shelduck [on the island at University of Nottingham Jubilee Campus].

Many thanks to:

Chris Atterby, Gary Barber, Roger Bennett, Andy Borroff, Robin Brace, Phil Burnham, Paul Buxton, Alan Clewes, Carl Cornish, Peter Cottam, Nick Crouch, Robin Damms, Mark Dawson, Rod Dean, Jacqueline Dennison, Stevie Dunn, Tony Fisher, Colin Forsyth, Roy Frost, Steve Furber, Indy Kiemel Greene, Andy Hall, John Hopper, Michael Leatherland, Ian Livsey, Ged Morley, Carl Pask, Roger Pask, Steve Payne, Nick Pearce, Phil Read, Simon Roberts, Harry Robinson, Simon Roe, Richard Scott, Alan Scrimshaw, Mick Sherwin, Edmund Staunton, Gary Telford, Glen Thomas, David Tyldesley, Tony Wardell, 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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