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Indoor Meeting - 27 November (via Zoom)

Our next Zoom meeting features John Gardner speaking on "The British Isles to the Friesian Isles". Please book here

Lockdown implications

Before visiting the popular sites, please think about COVID-19 compliance

Unfortunately there will be an enevitable delay to the issue of the 2019 Derbyshire Bird Report from mid November to mid December (depending on the rules in force after 2 December). We will do our best to get it to you as soon as we can

Indoor Meetings will proceed as planned via Zoom



The Derbyshire Bird Report 2018

DBR 2018 Cover

The latest Derbyshire Bird Report published November 2019. Complete Systematic List for the 217 species seen in Derbyshire in 2018 plus three new breeding species for the county and much more


Click here to order

The Birds of Derbyshire

BOD Cover

The definitive County Avifauna

Published 2013. Fewer than 10 left!

Click here for information

Derbyshire Peregrines

Derby Cathedral Peregrine Watch

Catch up on all the Peregrine news at Derby Cathedral Peregrine Project here

For streaming live video and sound click here

Urgent! - Help Required for BTO WeBS counts in Derbyshire

Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) counters monitor the UK's internationally important non-breeding waterbirds, click here for information and details on how you can help from Phil Hampson the Derbyshire WeBS co-ordinator. Sites are counted once a month, providing data for population and trends. There are many sites in the county without counters see here for the full list



2020 - 2021 Meetings and Trips

Long Eaton GP field trip postponed until 2021 due to the lockdown. To comply with COVID-19 regulations Indoor Meetings will be via Zoom and the trips limited to 5 members plus a leader. A ticketing system (all meetings and trips will be free) to handle the restrictions placed on us is in use



Advice for rarity finders

Click here for advice on finding rarities



Think before you click

Please be sensible and responsible when using social media to report sightings for sensitve breeding species see here for help and guidance. More advice on finding rarities is available here. Remember: the birds must come first.



Wildlife Crime

If you witness or suspect wildlife crime then please contact the police (ask for a Wildlife Crime Officer) or RSPB. Your information will be dealt with in confidence but if, for any reason, you are reluctant to take either of those routes then please at least pass the information to Crimestoppers by ringing 0800 555111



Site Restrictions

Several of the sites in the county have some restrictions on access:

  • Aston-on-Trent GP: This is a private working gravel pit with permit only access during working hours. The site cannot be seen from the A50 pull-in because of the height of trees/bushes. No access should be attempted AT ANY TIME, however, occasional visits organised by the DWT and DWT/DOS - places limited, see Meetings and Trips page
  • Barrow GP: This is a private site and can only be viewed from the south of the river on the Anchor Church side
  • Drakelow NR: a DWT site with restricted access to members
  • Foremark Reservoir: No access at any time to the area along the dam wall or the west side of the reservoir
  • High Bridge GP: Access from the A38 and take extreme care when crossing the hump-backed bridge. This is a dangerous working gravel pit and heavy lorries use the site during working hours so best visited in the evening or weekend but be aware work can occur at any time and parking is difficult during the working week. There should be no attempt to gain access during the working day. The pits should only be viewed from the lane
  • Willington GP: Please stay on the main tracks, do not use the gravel company roads. Currently the Canal Pit (north-west side of the railway line) is very difficult to view from the Canal Bank or from the Canal Bridge due to tall vegetation. Signs now on this pit which say "No Access to Birdwatchers"

Safety first! Respect landowner's privacy. "The interests of the bird comes first". Follow the Birdwatchers Code of Conduct



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