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 Keith Rainford Bullfinch194@gmail.com 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, Black Redstart, Cetti's Warbler. 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 for Sherwood Forest NNR/Budby Common). 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 Keith Rainford Bullfinch194@gmail.com each month, using the Excel spreadsheet that can be downloaded from the Recording page.

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Archived Sightings 2001 - 2020

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2022

Archived Sightings 2023

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.

202 Species recorded so far in 2023. Updated 1st June

Full List Here

Annual Reports 1967 - 2018 and five out of print Books of the Birds of Nottinghamshire for sale on the Sales Page

Saturday 3rd June

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Red-footed Falcon [female, perched in hawthorn on the Wheatear Field, 06:20 to 07:01 then flew towards Coneries where it was seen hawking insects with up to three Hobbies on and off all day last seen at 20:25 over the Coneries sluice heading towards Barton in Fabis], OSPREY [flew south over Clifton Pit, 05:45], BLACK TERN [Coneries, early afternoon].

Red-footed Falcon - Attenborough Nature Reserve © Paul Buxton.

Barton in Fabis - Red-footed Falcon [female, over the Trentside Chalets on and off late morning to late evening at least, perched up on hawthorn 19:20 - 19:45 then flushed by Chalet resident]; also 3+Hobby, Cuckoo.

Red-footed Falcon - Barton in Fabis © Rob Hoare.

Colwick CP - Ferruginous Duck [female, still on the Main Lake, 17:00].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [adult male again this afternoon]; also OSPREY, GOSHAWK.

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 3 Greenshank [Chainbridge Scrape 15:00].

Bennerley Marsh - WOOD SANDPIPER, 3 LRPs [midday].

Clumber Park - QUAIL [singing male, in grassland at Hardwick Ford, 07:45].

Clifton - Ring-necked Parakeet [in private garden].

Friday 2nd June

Idle Washlands - 2 Black-winged Stilt [Slaynes Lane 06:50 - 17:42 at least]; also Great White Egret, TURNSTONE, BAR-TAILED GODWIT, BLACK TERN.

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 BLACK TERN [still present this evening].

Sherwood Forest Golf Course - 2+ COMMON CRANE [moving east 20:25, heard only].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 SANDERLING [Clifton Pit, Gull Island 16:33], Hobby, LRP [this morning].

Holme Pierrepont - BLACK TERN [A52 Pit/Blotts Pit early afternoon]; also WHIMBREL.

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 4+BLACK TERN [two Chainbridge Scrape East/Neatholme Pit, 09:55 - 11:00; four Neatholme Scrape 16:35 - 17:40], Greenshank, 5 Hobbies [Chainbridge Scrape East].

Hoveringham - 3 BLACK TERN [Sailing Lake, 09:10].

Colwick CP - Ferruginous Duck [female, still on the Main Lake, 08:40 - 17:24 at least]; also BLACK TERN.

Ferruginous Duck - Colwick CP © Miles Cluff.

Thursday 1st June

Holme Pierrepont - 4 BLACK TERN [A52 Pit 20:00 to 21:00 at least], Redshank, 2 Ringed Plover, 2 Dunlin, 6 LRP, 4 Oystercatcher, Little Egret [Blotts Pit].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - TURNSTONE, Dunlin [Clifton Pit, Gull Island 19:38].

Colwick CP - Ferruginous Duck [female, still on the Main Lake, 11:50 - 16:20 at least].

King's Mill Reservoir - 2 BLACK TERN [single 09:10; two 09:24 to 19:50 at least]; Plus 6 Common Tern.

Black Tern - King's Mill Reservoir © Robin Brace.

Erewash Meadows - Dunlin, 5 Little Egret, Teal [Aldercar end].

Idle Washlands - 4 BLACK TERN [three Slaynes Lane 09:20; four present 16:36], BAR-TAILED GODWIT, 3 SANDERLING, 5 Dunlin [Slaynes Lane].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - CATTLE EGRET [Chainbridge Scrape East, 07:35], BLACK TERN [Neatholme Fen].

Many thanks to:

Arron Paul Adams, Paula Barnes, Graham Beeley, Robin Brace, Andrew Buckley, Paul Buxton, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, Wayne Collingham, Ian Cowgill, Stu Davenport, Del Evans, Ade Fox, Pete Freeman, Steve Furber, Neil Glenn, Andy Hall, John Hopper, Michael Leatherland, Ian Livsey, Ged Morley, Simon Roberts, Glyn Sellors, Simon Sharp, Tom Shields, Andy Shooter, Darren Starling, Simon Thompson, Tony Wardell, James Wilkinson.

@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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