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

191 Species recorded so far in 2017. Full List Here

East Leake Quarry Bee-eaters: Parking and viewing arrangements.

Notts Bee-eaters: Parking and viewing arrangements.

The RSPB are in partnership with Cemex nationally and are currently advising them on successfully managing this situation.

Special Parking arrangements have now been arranged in fields at Lings Farm LE12 6RG, £5/vehicle (50% to RSPB). The bridle-path to the designated viewpoint is accessed from this car park and gives closer views than the road, so this will be preferable to birders. Please only park in designated car park and walk north on bridleway to viewpoint, car park opens at 06:00. More on site information here from the RSPB.

Friday 30th June

East Leake Quarry - 7 Bee-eater [up to 7 showing well from the designated viewpoint]. Also Black-tailed Godwit and 2 Green Sandpiper [showing distantly, 19:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Juv Ringed Plover, 5 Little Ringed Plover [1 Juv], 2 Green Sandpiper and Hobby [Clifton Pit].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Black-tailed Godwit [Chainbridge Scrape, then flew towards Tiln North, 11:30].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Yellow-legged Gull and Common Redshank.

Thursday 29th June

East Leake Quarry - 5 Bee-eater [between 2 and 5 showing well from the designated viewpoint, repeatedly flying into the isolated Ash tree in front of you giving excellent views. Please only view from designated areas as sadly it has been reported that a certain individual/individuals ignored onsite advice and climbed the fence to get closer views! This behaviour is totally Irresponsible and could very easily upset the flock that are still in the process of nesting onsite].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [flew over the bridge from Tween heading towards Conneries, 16:50], Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, 2 Juv Little Ringed Plover and Common Redshank, Clifton Pit 10:24].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [drk, still present on Chainbridge Pit, 16:25].

Kilvington Lakes - 13 Common Scoter [East Lake, 11:00 - 13:50 at least].

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Curlew [flew over to the north, calling, this morning], Pintail [female, still present on the Slurry Lagoon].

Wednesday 28th June

East Leake Quarry - 4+ Bee-eater [showing from the viewpoint in very poor weather conditions, early evening at least].

Rainworth Heath - Carrion/Hooded Crow hybrid [drinking by pool in horse field, 18:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit].

Tuesday 27th June

East Leake Quarry - 6 Bee-eater [up to 6 showing very well on and off all day from the veiwpoint, please park only in the designated carpark].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Knot [moulting out of summer plumage, Neatholme Scrape], Wood Sandpiper and 2 Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit, Greenshank, Little Ringed Plover, Common Sandpiper and Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit].

Monday 26th June

East Leake Quarry - 7 Bee-eater [There are currently up to 7 birds present in the Cemex quarry with copulating and food passes noted throughout the day, so they are very likely to attempt to breed]. Also a party of 7 Raven and 2 Hobby [over this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [drk, present on Chainbridge Pit, this afternoon].

Holme Pierrepont - 4 Black-tailed Godwit, Little Ringed Plover and 3 Hobby [Blotts Pit, this morning].

Willoughby on the Wolds - Red Kite [over the A46 near willoughby on the wolds, 08:45].

Osberton - Quail [signing male, still in same barley field on the Osberton estate today].

Sunday 25th June

East Leake Quarry - 3 Bee-eater [present from c20:00 - c21:30 when they seemed to go to roost in Sand Martin holes within the quarry. Please be aware that this is a working quarry so access will be very restricted. The quarry entrance is on Rempstone Road, LE12 5QN and viewing is possible from gate at the main entrance.

Harlow Wood - Turtle Dove [purring from thick cover close to Fountaindale, this morning].

Budby Pumping Station - Honey Buzzard [West over Budby Flash, 08:55].

Market Warsop - Quail [flew over calling several times and went south east, 00:35] .

Saturday 24th June

Misterton - Marsh Harrier [female, hunting over a small area of reeds and ponds, 20:50].

Burton Joyce - Red Kite [over, 16:25].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Green Sandpiper, Common Redshank and Juv Little Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit].

Teversal - Hobby [Silverhill, 14:30].

Holme Pierrepont - Cuckoo [Blotts Pit calling briefly, 13:00], Hobby [A52 Pit].

Idle Washlands - 2 Mediterranean Gull [adults, Slaynes Lane, this morning], Marsh Harrier [male] and single Golden Plover [Slaynes Lane], 23 Little Egret and 4 Little Ringed Plover [Hagg Lane Flash].

Bentinck Void - Green Sandpiper [this morning].

Market Warsop - Red Kite [through West this morning].

Friday 23rd June

Sherwood Forest NRR - Spotted Flycatcher [late afternoon].

Besthorpe Nature Reserve - Great White Egret [Mons Pool, with nine Little Egrets, 15:00]. Also present was a Green Sandpiper and Little Ringed Plover.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Black-tailed Godwit [Clifton Pit, 13:15]. Also Green Sandpiper and 14 Little Egret.

Idle Washlands - Turtle Dove [flew north over Slaynes Lane, 13:00].

Osberton - Quail [singing male this morning, on the Osberton estate].

Thursday 22nd June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 4 Little Ringed Plover [Juv and 3 adults, Clifton Pit, 17:30]. Also Green Sandpiper.

Kilvington Lakes - 3 Yellow-legged Gull and Green Sandpiper [North Lake].

Langford Lowfields - Wood Sandpiper [flew South, 09:00].

Southwell - Red kite [between Southwell and Oxton, 08:10].

Wednesday 21st June

Holme Pierrepont - Cuckoo [Skylarks, male sang briefly, 21:06] also Green Sandpiper. Black Swan [Rowing Course].

Collingham Pits - 2 Spoonbill [both 2cy, flew South over Ferry Lane Lake, 19:50].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling behind Kingfisher Hide, 19:17], Common Redshank and Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit], Red Kite [over Main Pond, 11:33 and 12:25 and again over Conneries 12:55], Common Gull [Clifton Pit [11:25], Hobby [Clifton Pit, 09:43].

Tuesday 20th June

Elkesley - Red Kite [through south, this evening].

Idle Washlands - Marsh Harrier [cream crown, Slaynes Lane this evening]. Also drumming Common Snipe.

Spalford - Caspian Gull [1s, Spalford Pig fields this afternoon]. Also 8 Yellow-legged Gull [adult, three 2nd summer and four 1st Summer] AND 300+LBBG.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Red-necked Phalarope [Clifton Pit, 11:14 to 12:44 then flew off high East], Whimbrel [Clifton Pit, 13:40], 3 Common Redshank [Beeston Marsh, 19:44].

Kilvington Lakes - Common Scoter [female, West Lake, 11:30 to early evening at least]. Also Ruff, Dunlin, Ringed Plover and 2 Yellow-legged Gull.

Woodborough - Cuckoo [heard from woodborough allotments, this morning].

Monday 19th June

Budby Common - 2+Nightjar [churring, this evening]. Also Roding Woodcock.

Langford Lowfields - 2 Spoonbill [flew over the Beach Hut following the river North, 13:45].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Green Sandpiper.

Sunday 18th June

Kilvington Lakes - Cuckoo [again on spit on West Lake, 18:50], Green Sandpiper and Reed Warbler [North Lake].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [drk, still present on Bellmore Lake, 16:42 at least].

Keyworth - Red Kite [over towards Bunny, mobbed by crows].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - 2 Sandwich Tern [resting on a bouy on the lake, 11:10]. Also 2 Hobby.

Sherwood Forest NRR - 6 Tree Pipit [2 juvs], 4 Common Redstart [2 males and 2 juvs], 2 Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [calling] and Cuckoo [calling].

Thrumpton - Cuckoo [Thrumpton Hall Estate, this morning], 4 Raven [2 adults] and Willow/Marsh Tit [seen briefly foraging for insects].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling Clifton Pit reed-bed, this morning], Green Sandpiper [Clifton Pit].

Idle Washlands - Turtle Dove [along Slaynes lane, Misson early Morning].

Misterton - 2 Turtle Dove [south of Coopers Bridge, with one coming into local gardens].

Netherfield Lagoons - Pintail [female, on the Slurry Lagoon this morning].

Saturday 17th June

Kilvington Lakes - Cuckoo [on fence line on spit of West Lake, early evening]. Also plenty of Bee Orchids on site.

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [Bellmore Lake along the Northern edge, best viewed from seat adjacent to perimeter path near River/Weir, this afternoon].

Annesley Pit Top - Little Ringed Plover and Oystercatcher.

Holme Pierrepont - Cuckoo [on fencing near Blotts Pit, 08:19].

Friday 16th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Osprey [drifted North over Conneries, 16.40].

Bilsthorpe - Turtle Dove [near Forest Links Estate, 12:45].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [drk, Bellmoor Pit showing well near the small island, this morning]. Also Red Kite [over fields by car wash just before Beatty, 11:40].

Thursday 15th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [drk, showing well on Bellmoor Pit from Hallcroft Road viewpoint, 16.00 at least].

Wollaton Park - Tawny Owl and 2 Kingfisher.

Idle Washlands - 60 + Sand Martin [feeding low over water], 30 + Lapwing, 4 Little Egret, Oystercatcher [Hagg Lane Flash].

Wednesday 14th June

Budby - Little Egret and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker [male, clearing between the Budby Flash and the common], 6 Nightjar, Woodlark, 10 Tree Pipit and 2 Woodcock over [Budby Common].

Holme Pierrepont - Cuckoo [Blotts Pit, 17:00].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Green Sandpiper [Neatholme Fen].

Tuesday 13th June

Wilford - Red Kite [heading west following the River Trent, 13:30].

Lenton - 2 Red Kite [over Players heading North/West, 12:15].

Misson - Spotted Flycatcher [Misson village this morning]. Also Hobby [along Slaynes Lane].

Hoveringham - Red Kite [Sailing Lake].

Monday 12th June

Langford Lowfields - Little Tern [briefly, 18:40 to 18:50].

Hoveringham - Red Kite [heading South/West up river, 16.55].

Besthorpe NR - Cuckoo [kept landing in the grass to the left of the new hide].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Hobby and 2 Little Ringed Plover [Blotts Pit, this morning].

Sunday 11th June

Budby - Red Kite [through, 16:20].

Gamston - Cuckoo [Gamston Island, 16.15].

Finningley GP's - Turtle Dove [over, South/East], Common Redshank, 2 Little Ringed Plover and 7 Oystercatcher.

Idle Washlands - Curlew [flew West over Slaynes Lane]. Also 4 Common Redshank [2 Juvs] and 2 Little Ringed Plover.

Holme Pierrepont - Common Redshank, 3 Little Ringed Plover and Hobby [Blotts Pit, this afternoon].

Oxton - Red Kite [through, 13:05].

Netherfield Lagoons - Cuckoo [singing this morning] and Hobby [By the railway bridge].

Saturday 10th June

East Bridgford - Red Kite [over 16:30].

Retford - Quail [Retford railway station, seen in flight in adjacent field, 15:55].

Burton Joyce - Red Kite [moving slowly from East to West this morning].

Friday 9th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cuckoo [heard on the Delta and then seen on the Bund, 20:40].

Hickling - Hobby [low along Dalby Brook, this evening].

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [female, still present on Bellmoor Lake, 14:50].

Hoveringham - Red Kite [South/West over Ferry Farm, 14:10].

Thursday 8th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [female, still present on Bellmoor Lake, showing well from Hallcroft Road end view point]. Also Yellow-legged Gull.

Osberton - Goosander [drk, Osberton estate this afternoon].

Wednesday 7th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Greater Scaup [female, Bellmoor Lake, 17:00].

Tuesday 6th June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Sanderling [Clifton Pit, 12:30 to 16:30 at least]. Also 75 Gadwall [Tween, late afternoon].

Skegby - Red Kite [above the Skegby Trail heading towards Sparrow Castle, 12:20].

Cotgrave CP - Red Kite [slowly heading North/East , 10:15].

Monday 5th June

Holme Pierrepont - Sanderling [Blotts Pit, 17:00]. Also Common Redshank and Hobby.

Sunday 4th June

Lound [Idle Valley Nature Reserve] - Red Kite [drifting over Mattersey Priory, 12:45], Hobby [Tiln North].

Idle Washlands - 6 Common Redshank [2 adults, 4 Juv's, Slaynes Lane]. Also 4 Wigeon.

Hickling Pastures - Red Kite [again over The A606, 08:15].

Netherfield Lagoons - Mediterranean Gull [adult, briefly early morning over the Slurry Lagoon and Deep Pit calling, then flew off].

Saturday 3rd June

Barnby Moor - Red Kite [over 17:20].

Hickling Pastures - Red Kite [low over the A606, 12:00].

Holme Pierrepont - 4+ Hobby and Cuckoo [Blotts Pit, late morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cuckoo [over Main Pond, 07:50].

Friday 2nd June

Sherwood Forest NNR - 6+Nightjar [churring and seen in flight, this evening], 2 roding Woodcock and Common Restart.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Common Redshank, Hobby and Cuckoo [Clifton Pit, from Tower Hide].

Girton Pits - Cuckoo [singing, near the Sailing Club].

Thursday 1st June

Clumber Park - Turtle Dove [purring, South Lawn, this evening].

Worksop - 2 Hawfinch [Priory church yard, 17:00].

Idle Washlands - Common Crane [Flew from direction of Misson and landed in the area of Misson West SSSI, 14:25].

Budby Pumping Station Flash - Honey Buzzard [pale morth, through South, 09:03].

Burton Joyce - Red Kite [heading slowly North, this morning].

Many thanks to:

Richard Anstock, Chris Atterby, Bob Beck, Jonathan Booler, Rich Box, David Brydon, Paul Buxton, Paul Charlesworth, Mick Clay, Alan Clewes, Nick Crouch, Rod Dean, Jacqueline Dennison, Tony Elliott, John Evans, Neil Flowers, Steve Furber, John Gallagher, Chris Grimshaw, Chris Gunn, John Hall, Micky Hart, Tom Hibbert, Samantha Haworth, John Hopper, Darren Housman, Steve Keller, Dave Kirman, Spencer Lawrence, Jonathan Lloyd, Mark Longworth, David Lumb, Andrew Matthews, Ged Morley, Andy Murray, Dean Nicholson, Steven North, Roger Pask, Nick Pearce, Elaine Pearson, Trevor Pendleton, Peter Playle, Simon Roberts, Alan Scrimshaw, Lee Scudder, Barry Skelton, Mark Speck, Mike Tew, Mick Tring, Ben Ward, Mark Wilde, Graham Williams.

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