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.

Archived Sightings 2001 - 2020

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2021

Archived Sightings 2022

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.

The Birdwatchers Code of Conduct.

The interests of the bird comes first, please follow the Birdwatchers code of conduct

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Sunday 7th August

Sherwood Forest NNR - Common Redstart [male, calling from fence post Budby South Forest late afternoon].

Sherwood - Great White Egret [Valley Road Park, in a tall Lime tree close to the 5 ways roundabout and next to the ring road].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GARGANEY, 2 Greenshank [Clifton Pit], Dunlin, Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow], Golden Plover [through south], Yellow-legged Gull [adult, Church Pond].

Pleasley - Hobby [Meden Trail, 10:30].

Langford Lowfields - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 2 GARGANEY, 2 Wigeon, Goldeneye, 3 Bittern, 2 Great White Egret, Black-tailed Godwit, Green Sandpiper, Marsh Harrier, Bearded Tit [early morning].

Saturday 6th August

Sherwood Forest NNR - 14 Stonechat [Budby South Forest,  mix of adults and juvs late afternoon]; also Common Redstart.

Idle Washlands - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 2 Common Sandpiper, 5 Green Sandpiper, 2 Ruff, 2 Dunlin, 2 Snipe, 4 Great White Egret, 3 Little Egret, Marsh Harrier [juvenile], Wigeon, Peregrine, 4 Common Tern, 13 Yellow Wagtail [Slaynes Lane] Doncaster Birding.

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] - Peregrine.

Langford Lowfields - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, Back-tailed Godwit, CASPIAN GULL [Phase 3, this morning].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Common Redstart [The Willows].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GARGANEY [juvenile, still Clifton Pit].

Hoveringham - Pochard [Tipping pond], Ringed Plover [Sailing Lake, through south 11.30], 4 Yellow Wagtail [Sailing Lake track mid-morning].

Friday 5th August

Langford Lowfields - BLACK-NECKED GREBE, 2 GARGANEY, 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 2 Redshank [Phase 3, this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GARGANEY [juvenile still Clifton Pit this evening], 2 Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Greenshank [Chainbridge Scrape East, mid-afternoon], Marsh Harrier [west over Conservation Lake], Great White Egret, 2 Dunlin, 2 Common Sandpiper [Neatholme Scrape], Greenshank, 2 Snipe [Chainbridge Scrape East].

Idle Washlands - WOOD SANDPIPER [Slaynes Lane] Doncaster Birding.

Gedling - Northern Wheatear [Gedling Crematorium].

Thursday 4th August

Langford Lowfields - CASPIAN GULL [adult, metal ringed on right tibia Phase 3 this evening], WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 GARGANEY [Phase 3], WHIMBREL [through south].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GARGANEY [juvenile still Clifton Pit this evening], Greenshank, 4 Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow], Curlew [west over Coneries, 06:25]; also Dunlin, 50 Swift.

Collingham Pits - CASPIAN GULL [German-ringed 'X34E' on Ferry Lane Lake this afternoon].

Wednesday 3rd August

Budby Common - Nightjar, Woodlark, Woodcock, 2 Green Woodpecker, 2 juv Common Redstart, 4 Stonechat, 2 Shoveler, Common Tern, 2 Yellow Wagtail [this evening].

Beeston Marina - Curlew [over towards ANR, 19:12].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - CASPIAN GULL [2nd-summer, Belmoor Lake this afternoon], WOOD SANDPIPER [still Chainbridge Scrape East].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 BLACK-NECKED GREBE [juveniles still West Lake]; also Black-tailed Godwit [juvenile], Yellow-legged Gull.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GARGANEY [juvenile, still Clifton Pit this morning], MEDITERRANEAN GULL [juvenile, Church Pond 10:04], Marsh Harrier [Coneries Pond], Greenshank, 3 Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow].

East Leake Gravel Pits - GARGANEY [juvenile, 08:30].

Langford Lowfields - 2 GARGANEY [still Phase 3, this morning].

Tuesday 2nd August

Attenborough Nature Reserve - GARGANEY [juvenile, Clifton Pit mid-afternoon], Yellow-legged Gull [juv], 4 Green Sandpiper, 2 Greenshank, 10 Teal.

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - OSPREY [again 11:33].

Bunny - Spotted Flycatcher [juvenile, Bunny Wood].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - WOOD SANDPIPER [Chainbridge Scrape East, late morning].

Langford Lowfields - 2 GARGANEY, CASPIAN GULL [German-ringed 'X34E' pHASE 3, this morning]; also Curlew, Dunlin, Ringed Plover, Bittern, 2 Great White Egret, Bearded Tit.

Plumtree - Red Kite [circling over Plumtree this morning, c.08:30].

Monday 1st August

Stoke Bardolph - CASPIAN GULL [adult on River Trent opposite Fery Boat Inn then flew north, 19:10].

Netherfield - 10 Yellow-legged Gull [4 juveniles, Enva Recycling Centre this evening].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Common Gull [juvenile], 5 LRP, Ringed Plover [adult tundra], 3 Green Sandpiper, Greenshank, Dunlin [this afternoon].

Welbeck Raptor Watchpoint - Honey Buzzard [from the watchpoint, 13:35], OSPREY [showing well and fishing on/off afternoon], Hobby, GOSHAWK, 5+Red Kite, 20+Common Buzzard, 6+Kestrel.

King's Mill Reservoir - Common Sandpiper.

Hoveringham - Whooper Swan, Pochard [Tipping Pond].

Scrooby - WOOD SANDPIPER [on new excavations at Scrooby Top Quarry Lakes; also GARGANEY [drake, on nearby railway lakes].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - WOOD SANDPIPER [Chainbridge Scrape East].

Idle Washlands - WOOD SANDPIPER, 2 Black-tailed Godwit [Slaynes Lane].

Thoresby Park - Raven, Red kite [this morning].

Langford Lowfields - WOOD SANDPIPER [Phase 1, early morning]; also 10 Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, 3 Green Sandpiper, Great White Egret, GARGANEY [on the reserve].  

Many thanks to:

Merv Bartle, Robin Brace, Ruth Brown, Paul Buxton, Don Cameron, Miles Cluff, Ian Cowgill, Stu Davenport, Mark Dawson, Jacqueline Dennison, Ade Fox, Vic Giles, Andy Hall, Paul Hobson, John Hopper, Stella Nickolay, Clive Presscott, Dave Read, Phil Read, Simon Roberts, Mark Speck, Edmund Staunton, Paul Thomas, David Tyldesley, Mike Warren, Paul Wilcox, Mark Wilde.

@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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