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."



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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 - 2023

Archived Sightings 2001 to 2023

Archived Sightings 2024

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.

182 Species have been recorded so far in 2024.

Updated 6th May 2024.

Full List HERE


Friday 17th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Dunlin, Ringed Plover [Clifton Pit, this afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - OSPREY [circled over then flew north-east, 10:17].

Thursday 16th May

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Great Reed Warbler [Tiln North, singing c.200m along the riverside path just before the large tree, afternoon to mid-evening at least], Common Sandpiper [Chainbridge Pit, Hobby [hawking over Tiln North].

Wednesday 15th May

Annesley Pit Top [Newstead and Annesley CP] - Black Kite [low over the Middle Lagoon, appeared to have landed in trees to the south-west 06:15; again circled low then east towards Newstead Abby 06:55].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - SPOONBILL [south end of Chainbridge Pit, 16:00].

Langford Lowfields - GREY PLOVER [Phase Three, early afternoon].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Greenshank [Clifton Pit 07:31 - 07:37 then flew north-east].

Holme Pierrepont - 4 COMMON SCOTER [drake/3 females, A52 Pit, 06:17].

Tuesday 14th May

Hoveringham - Temminck's Stint [briefly on the Tipping Pond mid-morning then flew off].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - c.100 Swift, 2 Redshank [over Chainbridge Scrape], 4 Common Tern, 2 Redshank, Grey Wagtail, White Wagtail, 2 Yellow Wagtail [Lower Sheep Fields], Lapwing [pair with 3 chicks], 8 Common Tern, Grey Partridge].

Monday 13th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Yellow-legged Gull [Clifton Pit, 16:20].

Clumber Park - Common Redstart, Tree Pipit [singing males, this morning].

Idle Washlands - SPOONBILL [north through Slaynes Lane, 08:17].

Sunday 12th May

Bulwell - BITTERN [flew north-west this evening; called four times].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - TURNSTONE, Greenshank, 3 LRP [Lower S], 6 Hobby [over Chainbridge Lane].

Besthorpe NWT - SPOONBILL [landed on Mons Pool, 09:52]; also 7 Black-tailed Godwit.

Langford Lowfields - Purple Heron [Phase Two, 09:45 - 14:00 but very elusive; access is subject to volunteers been present to escort people on as its in a permit only area], SANDERLING [Deep Water Pit, 09:07]; also 4+ Hobby, Hepatic Cuckoo, 2 Great White Egret, 4 Cattle Egret, 3+ Little Egret.

Purple Heron - Langford Lowfields © James Wilkinson.

Netherfield Lagoons - Purple Heron [flew north-east, 08:44], SANDWICH TERN [over the Deep Pit 09:46 then flew off north after circling for ten minutes]; also Grasshopper Warbler

Holme Pierrepont - Purple Heron [flew over Works Pond towards Netherfield, 08:39], SANDERLING [Blotts Pit, 07:00 - 17:56 at least], 2+Hobby.

Purple Heron - Holme Pierrepont © Alan Clewes.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Purple Heron [flew north-east through the reserve, 08:25].

Saturday 11th May

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Nightjar [churring male, female in flight, Budby Common this evening], Woodcock [roding], 4 Song Thrush].

Kilvington Lakes - 2 Temminck's Stint [West Lake, on Island 18:05 - 20:46 at least]; also LRP, Common Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatcher.

Temminck's Stint - Kilvington Lakes © Alan Clewes.

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - WOOD SANDPIPER, TURNSTONE, Greenshank, 2 Yellow Wagtail, White Wagtail [Lower Sheep Fields/Old Tiln Pit], Pintail, 2 Common Sandpiper, Oystercatcher [Bellmoor Lake], 3 Cuckoo [including "Hepatic" female, Bunker Wood].

Cuckoo (Hepatic female) - Lound © Lee Mason.

Idle Washlands - 5 BLACK TERN, SANDERLING, 4 Ringed Plover [through Slaynes Lane, this morning].

Langford Lowfields - 4 Cattle Egret [from the Mound, 06:47], 3 GREY PLOVER [Phase Three].

Mansfield - Northern Wheatear.

Friday 10th May

Langford Lowfields - Stone Curlew [heard calling between 22:45 - 23:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 3 BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit 09:26 - 15:47 at least], Cattle Egret [over towards Wet Marsh, 07:47], Avocet, Hobby, 2 Cuckoo, Yellow-legged Gull [all Clifton Pit].

Kilvington Lakes - Greenshank [West Lake].

Blidworth Woods - Cuckoo [singing 11:00].

Hoveringham - Greenshank, Hobby [Sailing Lake], Ruddy Shelduck [drake, Railway Pit, this morning].

Netherfield Lagoons - Grasshopper Warbler [reeling by small pond by the new houses, 06:30], Lesser Whitethroat, Garden Warbler, 2 Hobby, Peregrine.

Thursday 9th May

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - BLACK TERN [Chainbridge Scrape East, this evening].

Langford Lowfields - SANDERLING, 3 Ringed Plover [Deep Water Pit, this evening].

Holme Pierrepont - 3 Avocet [one Blotts Pit 07:20; three 09:10 at least]; also 2 Ringed Plover.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 Avocet, Common Sandpiper, 3 Cuckoo [Clifton Pit, early morning], Green Sandpiper [Ridge and Furrow].

Idle Washlands - OSPREY [Slaynes Lane, laned to the north-east, 06:30].

Wednesday 8th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit, early to late evening then flew north/west 20:08], 3 Whimbrel [resting on Tween Pond fencing, 14:00], 2 Cuckoo [in flight over the Wheatear Field].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - Great White Egret [flooded area opposite the ski club lake], 2 Shelduck, Shoveler, Red-crested Pochard, Oystercatcher, 3 Sparrowhawk, 14 Hobby [hawking over Chainbridge/Neatholme], 6+Buzzard, 11 Common Tern, Garden Warbler, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat, Lesser Whitethroat.

Tuesday 7th May

Idlestop/Misson - TURNSTONE, 3 Cuckoo, Garden Warbler, 5+ Sedge Warbler, high single figure’s of Blackcap, 5 Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, Whitethroat, Yellow Wagtail, Shelduck, 3 Swift, 2 Buzzard.

Idle Washlands - Hobby, c.9 Buzzard, Cuckoo, 4 Common Tern, 1+Oystercatcher [Slaynes Lane] Todays Doncaster Birding

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 7 Hobby [over Chainbridge Scrape East].

Netherfield Lagoons - 3 Hobby [high over the Deep Pit, mid-afternoon].

Langford Lowfields - 8 Hobby [Phase 3].

Holme Pierrepont - 2 Hobby [over Skylarks car park].

Monday 6th May

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 2 BLACK TERN [Clifton Pit, this afternoon - 20:10 at least]; also 12 Common Tern, 5 Hobby.

Kilvington Lakes - 2 BLACK TERN [West Lake, 18:17], SHORT-EARED OWL [over rough grassland by the viewing point]; also 4 Oystercatcher, Ringed Plover.

Black Tern - Kilvington Lakes © Miles Cluff.

Hoveringham - Cuckoo [Railway Pit, on the north side adjacent woodland, 07:30].

Lenton - Ring-necked Parakeet [Highfields Park, 07:15].

Sunday 5th May

Hoveringham - GARGANEY [drake, Railway Pit feeding around the Islands area, 10:42 - 20:24 at least]; also Grasshopper Warbler.

Langford Lowfields - Whimbrel, Ringed Plover, 3 Dunlin [Phase Three, late afternoon].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 16 Hobby [minimum sixteen, from the Chainbridge View Point this afternoon], 2 Great White Egret, 4 drake Red-crested Pochard, 2 Common Tern [Neatholme area], 3 Common Tern [Bellmoor Lake].

Holme Pierrepont - SANDERLING, 2 Hobby, Garden Warbler, Lesser Whitethroat [Blotts Pit, this morning].

Idle Washlands - GARGANEY [drake, Slaynes/Hagg Lane junction].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Curlew, Common Sandpiper, 2 Hobby, Cuckoo [Clifton Pit, this morning].

Wollaton Park - Red-crested Pochard

Saturday 4th May

Idle Washlands - Whimbrel, 4 ARCTIC TERN, 3 BLACK TERN [Slaynes Lane].

Rufford Pit Top - Cuckoo [19:30].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 5 Hobby, 17 Common Tern [Chainbridge Scrape], 4 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Pochard [Tiln Pits].

Mansfield Woodhouse - OSPREY [flew north, 12:50].

Langford Lowfields - Whimbrel [Deep Water Pit, 11:02].

Sherwood Forest NNR - 2 Common Redstart, 3 Woodlak, 8+Tree Pipit, Cuckoo, Stonechat, 3 Garden Warbler, Marsh Tit.

Rufford Golf Course - Common Redstart [singing male].

Bennerley Marsh - 3 Common Sandpiper [09:00].

Friday 3rd May

Idle Washlands - LITTLE TERN [fishing Slaynes Lane, 18:10], 5 Pochard [3 drk's], 11 ARCTIC TERN, 5 Common Tern [Slaynes Lane, came in briefly 17:40 then headed off high north-west], Hobby.

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 4 Hobby, 4 Common Tern, Sedge Warbler, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat [Chainbridge Scrape West].

Bennerley Marsh - 2 Common Sandpiper, 2 LRP.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - 5 Goosander, Dunlin, Hobby, Cuckoo [Clifton Pit, early morning].

Thursday 2nd May

Barton in Fabis -SHORT-EARED OWL [hunting along the grassy strip by the ponds below Branshill Wood this evening].

Idle Washlands - LITTLE TERN [east through Slaynes Lane, 06:10], 6 ARCTIC TERN [east through Slaynes Lane, 06:45]. Todays Doncaster Birding

Misson Springs [Finningley GP] – 11 Pink-footed Geese, 8 (6j) Egyptian Geese, 3 Avocet, 5 Oystercatcher, Redshank, 6 Black-tailed Godwit, Whitethroat, CORN BUNTING.

Netherfield Lagoons - 4 ARCTIC TERN [feeding over the Deep Pit early afternoon, then flew high east]; also 2 Hobby.

Hoveringham - Whimbrel [Sailing Lake, this morning].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Pink-footed Goose, 6 Goosander, Hobby, Cuckoo [Clifton Pit, early morning].

Langford Lowfields - ARCTIC TERN [Phase Three, 06:35], Whimbrel [Deep Water Pit, late morning].

Wednesday 1st May

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 8 Hobby, 10 Common Tern [Chainbridge Scrape East, early afternoon].

Idle Washlands - LITTLE TERN [north through Slaynes Lane, 10:12].

Kilvington Lakes - SPOONBILL [West Lake, this morning].

Fiskerton - Goosander [redhead on river].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Redwing [in trees near Tower Hide, early morning], Cuckoo [over Clifton Pit].

Many thanks to:

Andrew Barks, Mervyn Bartle, Paul Buxton, Andy Capstick, Darren Chapman, Alan Clewes, Miles Cluff, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, Stu Davenport, Mark Dawson, Rod Dean, Lance Degnam, Jackie Dennison, John Ellis, Vivian Ellis, Janet Evans, Ann Fletcher, Ade Fox, Joshua Fusiara, John Glover, Richard Gratton, Ian Hall, Gary Hobson, Paul Hobson, Darren Housman, John Hopper, Dave Hursthouse, Mother Mary Julian CHC, Andrew Kerridge, Michael Leatherland, Scott Linacre, Ian Livsey, Jonathan Lloyd, James Lyons, Lee Mason, Martin McCallum, Dave Morton, Paul Naylor, Nigel Oram, Dave Read, Simon Roberts, Tom Shields, Geoff Tindsley, Sue Topham, Mark Wilde, Rob Woodward.

Notts Rare and Scarce Whatapp Group, Lound Whatapp Group, Idle Washlands Whatapp Group, @NottsBirders Twitter Feed, RSPB Langford Lowfields, Netherfield Wildlife Group, Doncaster Birding.


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