Our coach trips

Our coach at Attenborough nature reserve Photo: Paul Maddox

Our coach trips are great value for money and run most months on a Sunday to nature reserves and other wildlife sites an hour or two away from Sheffield.

Places on all coach trips must be booked in advance. This can be done on a previous trip, at one of our indoor meetings or by emailing rspbsheffield@googlegroups.com

Price: Adults £16; Children under 16 accompanied by an adult – half price. Please note that, for some trips, there may be an additional charge for entering the reserve we are visiting. If so, this is mentioned in the individual trip listing below.

All coach trips depart at 8:00am from outside Hallam University Students Union building on Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2QQ (opposite the Showroom cinema) (Google map)

Please note that our previous parking area just behind the Students Union is now being redeveloped. There is limited parking on Brown Street and Arundel Street at a cost of £0.50 an hour (up to a maximum of £6 which you will probably need) on Sundays. Alternatively there is another car park a little further up Sidney Street at a cost of £4 on Sundays (card payment only).

RSPB Saltholme – Sunday 18 September 2022

Saltholme RSPB reserve Photo: RSPB

A second visit for our group to this RSPB reserve near Middlesborough.

Saltholme opened in early 2009, and is set against a landscape of the declining steel and petrochemical industries. Now covering 380 hectares of a former brownfield site and adjacent marshlands, the area has been transformed into a superb wildlife reserve. Visiting waders and wildfowl including golden plover, lapwing, curlew, wigeon, teal, shoveler and gadwall. We may even spy the elusive water rail with its pig-like squeal and be able to watch peregrines hunt for flocks of roosting birds.

There is also an excellent visitor centre with a cafe and shop in which to warm up if the weather is cold.

IMPORTANT: Attendees who are not members of the national RSPB will need to pay a reserve entrance fee – currently £4 for adults.

Gibraltar Point – 16 October 2022

Gibraltar Point Photo: Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

A coach trip to Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust’s Gibraltar Point reserve with its impressive new visitor centre; raised on stilts to protect it from flooding but also to make the most of the area’s stunning views with expansive windows facing the dunes and sea, as well as a rooftop viewing deck.

On Jackson’s Marsh and other similar areas, there is the possibility of a wide variety of waders including avocet, ringed plover, golden plover, grey plover, lapwing, knot, little stint, curlew sandpiper, dunlin, ruff, spoonbill, snipe, bar-tailed and black-tailed godwits, curlew, whimbrel, spotted redshank, redshank, greenshank, common sandpiper and water rail. Turnstone and sanderling may be present on the seashore.

Wildfowl including shelduck, wigeon, gadwall, teal, pintail, shoveler and pochard can be found on the various lagoons whilst, off the coast, eider and common scoter may be visible.

Raptors including sparrowhawk, kestrel and common buzzard can be seen throughout the reserve.

Martin Mere – 13 November 2022

Martin Mere Photo: Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust

A coach trip to this Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve near Ormskirk in Lancashire.

Well over 2,000 different species of birds, mammals, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles and mini-beasts live in and around the mere which gives the site its name. At the time of our visit, many thousands of migrant wild ducks, geese, waders and swans will have arrived to spend the winter at this Ramsar-rated marshland including huge flocks of pink-footed geese, wigeon and whooper swans. Hen harrier, merlin, barn owl and peregrine falcon all hunt on the marshes.

Martin Mere also has an otter enclosure, an inspirational eco-garden and the opportunity to enjoy close-up encounters with around 100 species of international water-birds as they swim, feed and wander in wetlands custom-designed to mimic their natural homes.

IMPORTANT: As this is a Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve, non members of the Trust will need to pay an additional entrance fee to the reserve – for details visit https://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere/plan-your-visit/prices