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South Yorkshire

Bittern Botaurus stellaris ©David Mason Website

Birding South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire is a metropolitan county in England. It is the southernmost county in the Yorkshire and the Humber region and had a population of 1.34 million in 2011. It has an area of 1,552 square kilometres (599 sq mi) and consists of four metropolitan boroughs, Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. South Yorkshire was created on 1 April 1974 as a result of the Local Government Act 1972.

Lying on the east side of the Pennines, South Yorkshire is landlocked, and borders Derbyshire to the west and south-west, West Yorkshire to the north-west, North Yorkshire to the north, the East Riding of Yorkshire to the north-east, Lincolnshire to the east and Nottinghamshire to the south-east. The Sheffield Urban Area is the tenth most populous conurbation in the UK, and dominates the western half of South Yorkshire with over half of the county's population living within it. South Yorkshire lies within the Sheffield City Region.

The metropolitan county lies largely on the carboniferous rocks of the Yorkshire coalfield which have produced a rolling landscape with hills, escarpments and broad valleys. In this landscape there is widespread evidence of both current and former industrial activity. There are numerous mine buildings, former spoil heaps and iron and steel plants. The scenery is a mixture of built up areas, industrial land with some dereliction, and farmed open country. Ribbon developments along transport routes including canal, road and rail are prominent features of the area although some remnants of the pre industrial landscape and semi-natural vegetation still survive.

The west of the county is fringed by the Pennines and its foothills, most of which lie inside the Peak District National Park and also contain carboniferous rocks, with the underlying geology primarily being millstone grit sandstones rising from the Yorkshire coalfield.

The Pennine range within the county is distinguished by the moorlands and plateaus of the Dark Peak while the Pennine fringes are distinguished by many steep valleys, and a transition from uplands and rural landscape to lowlands and urban landscape towards the east of the county.

Major rivers which cross the area are the Dearne, Rother and Don. To the east, in the Doncaster area the landscape becomes flatter as the eastward dipping carboniferous rocks of the coalfield are overlain by the lacustrine deposits of the Humberhead Levels.

Despite the urban and industrial areas there are a number of very important reserves in the area and wildlife areas formed from restoration of former industrial or mineral extraction areas.

Top Sites

Potteric Carr

Satellite View

A Yorkshire Wildlife Trust reserve, 2 miles from Doncaster, with areas of reed, open water and marshy woodland. Birds include Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Water Rail and Bittern.

County Recorder

Rarities - County Recorder or YNURC Chris Robinson

01302 788304

sabsgull@hotmail.co.uk

County Recorder: Martin Wells

715 Manchester Road, Stockbridge, Sheffield S36 1DQ

0114 288 4211

martinwells@barnsleybsg.plus.com

Useful Reading

Best Birdwatching Sites Yorkshire

By Neil Glenn, with John Miles | Buckingham Press | Paperback | May 2017 | 340 Pages | 120 Two-tone Maps
See Fatbirder Review

ISBN: 9780956987679

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Birds of the Sheffield Area, including the NE Peak District

Sheffield Bird Study Group. email richarddale9@hotmail.com for details.

Rare and Scarce Birds in Yorkshire

Andrew Wilson & Russell Slack

ISBN: 0903793598

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Where to Watch Birds - Yorkshire

by John Mather A&C Black, 2009 [3rd Edition]

ISBN: 9780713687828

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Yorkshire Bird Report 2010

Yorkshire Naturalists Union - Available through their website: http://www.ynu.org.uk

Useful Information

Chair of the YNU Rarities Committee

Garry Taylor 07970 714178

Yorkshire Ornithological Committee

Chairman: Craig Thomas 16 Scarborough Road, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9EF, Tel: 01723 513055 e-mail craigcthomas@yahoo.co.uk Secretary: Jim Pewtress, 31 Piercy End, Kirkbymoorside, York, YO62 6DQ, Tel: 01751 431001 e-mail trivialis@operamail.com Elected members: Mike Pilsworth, Hillcrest, Whitgift, Goole, DN14 8HL, Tel: 01405 704082 e-mail: mikepilsworth@hotmail.com Protection Liaison Officer: D. J. Simpson, 51 Heather Way, Harrogate, HG3 2SH, Tel: 01423 538645 e-mail: doug@milvus.me.uk Representative on Humber Wildfowl Refuge Committee: Miss A Gowland

Forums & Mailing Lists

YorkshireBirds

Mailing List

Discussion Group - This list is for Yorkshire birders, birdwatchers, birdspotters, and related subjects in the Counties of North, East, South, and West Yorkshire England. The list is a forum for news of rare bird sightings in the four Counties. You may also make requests for bird-related information and information on local birdwatching sites. This is a public forum do not post details of species or sites that could help egg collectors identify nest sites. Do not send file attachments.

Guides & Tour Operators

Click on WAND for tours, guides, lodges and more…

Yorkshire Rose Birding Tours

Tour Operator

This website aims to give you a little background of what the county of Yorkshire has to offer. Yorkshire is arguably the best county in Britain for birds and bird watching. It has England's largest mainland Gannettry, some wonderful habitats that provide homes to some extremely rare and scarce birds. Locally common, they prove to be extremely difficult to see elsewhere in the country. The Corn Bunting and Tree Sparrow for example, in the right location can be easy to find. These and lots of other birds find a suitable home in Yorkshire…

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Organisations

RSPB Airedale & Bradford Local Group

Webpage

This is the website of the Airedale & Bradford Local Group. RSPB local groups are a great way to meet friendly, like-minded people in your area while learning more about birds and wildlife.

RSPB Doncaster Local Group

Webpage

The local group is composed of local RSPB members who want to learn more about birds and conservation, go on visits and support the valuable work of the RSPB in various ways.

RSPB Sheffield Members Group

Webpage

This web site provides information for members and anyone who is interested in the work of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and the Sheffield Members Group…

Sheffield Bird Study Group

Website

Sheffield Bird Study Group was formed in December 1972 as a forum for birdwatchers in and around the city with an active interest in ornithology. The group's recording area, covering twelve 10km squares with the city roughly in the middle, is hugely diverse, stretching north to the outskirts of Barnsley, south to Chesterfield, east to the lowlands beyond Rotherham and Bolsover, and west to the highest tops of the Peak District National Park….

Sorby Natural History Society

Website

The Sorby Recorders who are responsible for organising surveys and collecting information on the local fauna. A list of interesting birds appears in each Newsletter, whilst reports on other groups appear in the Record…

Yorkshire Naturalists Union

Website

The YNU has four basic aims: To study the wildlife of Yorkshire. To record the results of these studies. To present these studies. To use the information for wildlife conservation…

Yorkshire Red Kites

Website

The Yorkshire Red Kite Project was the fifth in this sequence and began at Harewood Estate in West Yorkshire in 1999. By this time, the newly established Chilterns population had been so successful that, up to 2003, it was able to supply a total of 68 young birds for release in Yorkshire…

Reserves

Rother Valley Country Park

Website

Satellite View

Rother Valley Country Park lies on the South Yorkshire / Derbyshire border. The site features regular updates of birds seen within the Country Park boundary, we also include a large selection of photos, all taken within the Park. Conservation has always played a part in the valley, with areas of open water and marshland alongside the Rother prior to open-casting. These attracted migrating birds which use the river for navigation as they travel north and south during the spring and autumn migrations…

RSPB Dearne Valley - Old Moor

Webpage

Satellite View

Situated right at the heart of the Dearne Valley, Old Moor is a wonderful place to come and watch wildlife. The skies, fields and open water are teeming with birds throughout the year…

YWT Potteric Carr Reserve

Webpage

Satellite View

Potteric Carr is one of over sixty reserves owned or leased by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It is situated about 2 miles from the centre of Doncaster, close to the M18 and A6182. Its wide range of habitats from open water and marsh to woodland, covering an area of about 130 ha., give it an interesting diversity of wildlife. In addition, its paths through attractive scenery make it an ideal venue for all kinds of visitor ranging from those who simply enjoy the quiet of the countryside to the dedicated wildlife expert…

Blogs

Barnsley Bird Sightings

Blog

Bird & wildlife sightings from the Barnsley recording area…

Daniel's Birding Blog

Blog

Bird Sightings and experiences from around Rotherham and Barnsley…

Doncaster Birding

Blog

Daily update of birds reported in the Doncaster District…

Hatfield Moors Birding BLOG

BLOG

Bird and other wildlife information service for Hatfield Moors, South Yorkshire

Josh's Josh Jones

Blog

Now 19, living in Lincs but at University in Sheffield. Lifelong interest in birds aided initially by my father and enhanced as an impressionable youngster by local birders, who I am indebted to! Only really got serious with the hobby after a trip to Israel in 2000. My patch is the local gravel pit complex adjacent to my home village (Baston & Langtoft), and I have been birding here as often as possible since my mother would let me out the house on my own!

Of Birds and Pies

Blog

The definitive site to Pie gobbling when birding…

Paul Cooper - Little Brown Job

Blog

Paul had not been birding for a few years now but has been bitten by the bug again. This is his diary of the the journey back into the world of the little brown job…

Sheffield Wildlife

Blog

My name is Pete Mella. I’m an amateur nature-watcher who lives in Sheffield, and this is my blog where I’ll jot down my thoughts, observations and anally-retentive lists based on my wildlife-spotting activities. Posts from 2006-2007 can be found in the old blog at http://sheffieldwildlife.blogspot.com

Other Links

British Garden Birds

Website

British Garden Birds shares information about the birds that visit a suburban garden in Sheffield, England.

Sheffield Photographic Centre

Website

The premier independent dealer in Sheffield for Canon, Pentax, Minolta, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Kodak, Tamron, Mamiya, Fujicolor, Ilford, Ricoh, Lowepro, Samsung, Kowa, Opticron, Gossen, Meopta, Minox, Swarovski, Agfa, Fotospeed, Tetenal, Forte, Cobra, Metz, Courtenay, Paterson, Kentmere, Manfrotto, Polaroid, Digital Imaging, Used cameras and darkroom equipment, Monochrome products, Chemicals, optics, the list is endless…

SK58

Website

SK58 Birders were formed in December 1992, when several local birders met and decided to pool their resources time and experience to build up and share information on local birds and bird-related issues. Members are people who live in and around SK58, i.e. Dinnington, North and South Anston and the outlying villages who are interested in birds, especially local birds. Members range from people who enjoy watching and feeding birds from their homes to the ardent birder, who enjoys finding and watching birds at the highest level. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in local birds at whatever level. Membership is £5 per year. SK58 Birders are unique. No other group concentrates on just a single 10km square.

Photographers & Artists

Photographer - John Hobson

Gallery

Some excellent shots from tthis Doncaster photographer…