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.

The Birdwatchers Code of Conduct.

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

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.

136 Species have been recorded so far in 2024.

Updated 2nd March 2024.

Full List HERE

Helm Identification Guides

The Gulls of Europe, Asia and North America added to the Sales page.

Monday 4th March

East Bridgford - Hooded Crow [probable, Lammas Lane 12:30; and again briefly in flight on farm track north of the village looking south, 15:00].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [adult drake, showing well on Main Pond displaying to a redhead Goosander, 14:58].

Kelham - 30+Whooper Swan [flooded field between Newark Rugby Club and Kelham Bridge, 14:30]; also 100+Lapwing, single Dunlin.

Misson East - 2 BEWICK'S SWAN [adults in with c.200 Whooper Swan, this morning]; also Curlew.

Rufford CP - Hawfinch [single from the main car park, 07:30], 7 Goosander [Main Lake], Grey Heron, Great-crested Grebe, Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, 5 Jay, 30+Redwing.

Sunday 3rd March

Collingham Pits - 2 SMEW [redheads Wharf Pit, this afternoon].

Girton - 14 Whooper Swan [fields north end of Girton].

Collingham/Langford - 4 Cattle Egret [still in residence on Westfield Lane].

Attenborough Nature Reserve - SMEW [adult drake, Main Pond from the screen late morning].

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - 6 Cattle Egret [Tiln North, late morning], Goldeneye [c.30 across the site], Goosander [drake on Water Ski Club lake drake & female Neatholme Scrape], Shoveler - c.60 across the site, inc c.40 at Neatholme Fen], Wigeon [c.200 across the site], Pochard [c.30 across the site], Red-crested Pochard [single Neatholme Scrape], Great White Egret [single Neatholme Fen, 2 on flooded area at Cross Lane], Little Egret [Neatholme Scrape], Marsh Harrier [female flew across Neatholme Scrape,approx 10.30], Oystercatcher [pairs Water Ski Pit, Doughty's Pit, Lower Sheep Fields, Bellmoor Lake], 15 Herring Gull [Bellmoor Lake], Redwing [c.20 near Bittern Pool], Chiffchaff [singing Bellmoor Lake; 2 heard Neatholme Fen], Siskin [c.10 on Chainbridge Lane], TREE SPARROW [c.15 on Chainbridge Lane].

Barton in Fabis - 2 Great White Egret, 4 Little Egret [on flood water off Manor Road, this morning]; also 4 Grey Partridge, Stonechat.

Bulwell - 2 Goosander [on the River Leen].

Hoveringham - Ruddy Shelduck [drake still on the River Trent near Ferry Farm].

Gedling CP - Stonechat, Reed Bunting.

Saturday 2nd March

Lound [Idle Valley NR] - House Martin [Chainbridge Scrape, Bird Information Services report], 7 Cattle Egret, 2 Water Rail, Green Woodpecker [Tiln Wood area], 5 Red-crested Pochard, 4 Great White Egret, Marsh Harrier [female], Chiffchaff [Neatholme area].

Elkesley - Whooper Swan [heard flying over but not seen], Great White Egret, Common Crossbill.

Sherwood Forest NNR - 3 Marsh Tit.

Attenborough Nature Reserve - Cattle Egret [Coneries, early morning].

Friday 1st March

Annesley Pit Top [Newstead & Annesley CP] - MEALY REDPOLL [near feeders before the first fishing lake, 09:05].

Hoveringham - Ruddy Shelduck [drake still on the River Trent near Ferry Farm].

Kelham - Goosander [Kelham Bridge].

Many thanks to:

Steve Beresford, Pete Freeman, Steve Furber, Martin McCallum, Ian Cowgill, Nick Crouch, David Elliott, John Ellis, Ade Fox, Richard Gratton, Gary Hobson, Paul Hobson, Steve Keller, Paul Naylor, Alan Scrimshaw, Steve Wilkinson, Peter Whitworth, Graham Wyvill.

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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