Our local walks

RSPB Sheffield local group at Shillito Woods
RSPB Sheffield local group at Shillito Woods – September 2021

Our local walks are led by members of our group who take us to one of their favourite places. They offer a great way of ‘getting into’ birdwatching for beginners; our experienced birders are always happy to share their knowledge.

Most walks take place on Wednesday mornings with some on Saturdays.

Walks are free-of-charge and booking is not required. Just turn up at the time and place given in the listing.

Most walks inevitably involve some rougher terrain so please ensure that you have appropriate footwear and are wearing appropriate clothing for the weather. Don’t forget your binoculars!

Orgreave Lakes – Wednesday 7 September 2022

Orgreave Lakes Photo: Helen Ensor

A morning walk around Orgreave Lakes led by Helen and John Ensor.

Like so many of South Yorkshire’s birding sites, the Orgreave area is a remnant of the coal industry. Its mixture of river, lakes, open ground and woodland now proves attractive to a wide range of birds and developing as one of the more regularly watched and interesting sites in our area.

The lakes are home to a wide range of wildfowl. Waders at the lake edges can include lapwing, common sandpiper, ringed plover and oystercatcher as well as some less common species. The River Rother, which runs along the edge of the area is home to kingfisher and grey heron and the mixture of young woodland and rough grassland surrounding the lakes holds a variety of smaller birds.

Location: Meet near Treeton Cricket and Football Club on Washfield Lane. To find this, exit the A630 Sheffield Parkway onto the B6533 Poplar Way. Go straight on at the roundabout and then left at the t-junction onto the B6066 at Catcliffe. At the next roundabout, turn right onto the B6067 Treeton Lane, then right again near Treeton Church onto Church Lane and finally right into Washfield Lane. Grid reference: SK431875 Postcode: S60 5PU (Google map)

Time: 10 am – approx 1 pm

Poolsbrook Country Park – Wednesday 12 October 2022

A morning walk around Poolsbrook Country Park near Staveley led by Janet Medforth.

At 165 acres, Poolsbrook is Chesterfield’s largest park. Its mosaic of habitats includes hay meadows, species-rich hedgerows, semi-natural woodland and new plantations, wet grassland, scrub, lakes and a brook.

Birds seen on our previous visits to this site have included long-tailed tit, willow tit and kingfisher plus a range of waterfowl.

Location: Meet in Poolsbrook Country Park car park. To find this, turn right off the A6135 at Renishaw onto the B6053 Staveley Lane. At the roundabout in Staveley, turn left onto the A619 and then right into Fan Road which becomes Erin Road. Finally, turn right along Meadows Drive into Poolsbrook Country Park. Grid reference: SK434736 Postcode: S43 3LS (Google map)

Time: 10 am – approx 1 pm

Treeton Dyke – Wednesday 9 November 2022

A morning walk around Treeton Dyke led by Sue Bradshaw and Christine Parkin.

In common with Orgreave Lakes on the opposite bank of the River Rother, Treeton Dyke is a remnant of the coal industry and provides a home for a variety of wildfowl. Immediately adjacent to its eastern edge is Hail Mary Hill Wood, a semi-natural ancient woodland which supports a good range of woodland birds including sparrowhawk and buzzard.

Location: Meet near Treeton Cricket and Football Club on Washfield Lane. To find this, exit the A630 Sheffield Parkway onto the B6533 Poplar Way. Go straight on at the roundabout and then left at the t-junction onto the B6066 at Catcliffe. At the next roundabout, turn right onto the B6067 Treeton Lane, then right again near Treeton Church onto Church Lane and finally right into Washfield Lane. Grid reference: SK431875 Postcode: S60 5PU (Google map)

Time: 10 am – approx 1 pm

Redmires and Wyming Brook – Wednesday 7 December 2022

A Wednesday morning walk led by Bob Russon taking in Redmires Reservoirs and the woodlands of Wyming Brook.

The reservoirs can attract a wide range of waterbirds and, in winter months, there can be a decent size gull roost which, as well as the more usual birds, may contain some less common species. The largely coniferous woodlands surrounding parts of the reservoirs are home to crossbill, siskin, goldcrest, sparrowhawk and buzzard. By contrast, the woodlands of Wyming Brook are more mixed. Birds that might be seen in these at the time of our visit include greater spotted woodpecker, nuthatch, treecreeper, coal tit, mistle and song thrushes, jay and crossbill.

Location: Meet on Redmires Road at the bridge over the conduit into the top reservoir. Cars should be parked on the road after the bridge. Grid reference: SK260858 Postcode: S10 4QZ (Google map)

Time: 10 am – approx 1 pm

Bradfield – Saturday 31 December 2022

A Saturday morning walk around the Bradfield area led by Anne and John Robinson.

Location: Meet at Low Bradfield village car park, behind the cricket ground. Grid reference: SK262920
Postcode: S6 6LB (Google map)

Time: 10 am – approx 1 pm