ISSN 1366-8145

The Lapwing was one of the publications produced by the Doncaster & District Ornithological Society. It was launched in 1962, and by its demise in 1988, this journal had amounted to 19 issues and two supplements. In 1980, a parallel but more thematic publication was launched, entitled the Lapwing Special Series. Like The Lapwing., this was a modest quarto sized, illustrated and duplicated journal, with five numbers appearing during the 1980s. There then followed a hiatus of eight years, before the Lapwing Special Series was re-launched, with an ISSN, in a modem A4 format That was in 1997, and further numbers have continued to appear, with 14 now completed, and a fifteenth in preparation. In recent years, shorter papers have often been made available for publication in the journal. This has led to the thematic principle being adapted to allow the production of volumes of 'Collected Papers'. Diversity has therefore been created within the original concept Although the DDOS remains as publisher of the Lapwing Special Series, since 2004 the journal has had a semi-independent existence edited by Martin Limbert, supported by David Carroll. A full list of contents is as follows: 

No. 1. Ornithological Sites Around Doncaster (1980) 

No. 2. Melton Wood (1982) 

No. 3. Papers from The Naturalist (1982) 
[Papers relevant to the DDOS] 
No. 4. Papers from Ornithological Journals (1984) 
[Papers relevant to the DDOS] 
No. 5. The Vertebrate Fauna of Hatfield Moors (1989) 

No. 6. A Working Bibliography of Doncaster Ornithology 1951-1995 (1997) 

No. 7. Twenty-Five Years On: The Doncaster & District Ornithological Society in Retrospect Second edition (1999) 

No. 8. Bluethroats at Thorne: An Observational Diary (1999) 

No. 9. Collected Papers (First Series) (2002) 
Some interesting new ringing records. Ringed birds at Southfield Reservoirs. Cetti's Warbler wintering at Potteric Carr Nature Reserve. The Parrot Crossbill as a Doncaster bird. A biographical account of J.S. Griffith LDS, FZS. The life and work of the bird photographer W.W. Nicholas. A list of publications by the Doncaster & District Ornithological Society. 
No. 10. The Birds of Southfield Reservoirs 1995-2002 (2003) 

No. 11. Collected Papers (Second Series) (2004) 
Survey of breeding birds on a part of Potteric Carr Nature Reserve. Ruddy Shelducks in the Doncaster area. The status of the Snow Goose in the Doncaster district. A summary of information on Denaby Decoy. Notes on the life and family background of Hugh Reid, the Doncaster taxidermist and naturalist. Preliminary notes on Samuel Hudson (1827-1904) as a zoologist. Records of Doncaster breeding birds from oological collections. Materials for a biography of G.E. Hyde. Tailpiece (urban Redstarts and gamebirds). 
No. 12. Collected Papers (Third Series) (2006) 
A review of the Golden Jubilee Year. Letter of acceptance of Honorary Life Membership, by J.B. Hague. A precis of the talk given on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the Doncaster & Dist. Ornith. Soc., by J.B. Hague. The DDOS weekend foray to Holy Island, Northumberland, 7th to 9th October 2005. Shorter items (Common Terns, Waxwings, redpolls). Mid-nineteenth century allusions to Dotterel from the Doncaster district. Leach's Storm-petrels in the Doncaster district. A taxidermy trade card from Thorne. A tribute to Leslie Smith (1906-2000). 
No. 13. Collected Papers (Fourth Series) (2007). 
An inventory and chronology of publications by the Doncaster & District Ornithological Society 1956-2006. Notes on the career and work of the Doncaster taxidermist Joseph Thompson Storrs (1828-84). The Lindholme Osprey. Tailpiece (Woodcock). 
No. 14. Collected Papers (Fifth Series) (2009). 
'Street Pigeons': a preliminary study of feral Rock Doves in central Doncaster. Barn Owls at Adwick-le-Street water mill. From the past Richard's Pipit at Misson Gravel Pits. Blyth's Pipit on Gringley Carr. Little Swift at Old Moor RSPB Reserve. Red-footed Falcons on Thorne Moors in May 2008. Miscellaneous notes on Thorne Moors ornithology. Habitat change in the Old Moor area during the last twenty years. Shorter items (Common Buzzards, Peregrine Falcons, Avocets, Waxwings, Common Ravens). An appreciation of Enid Coleman. A taxidermy trade card issued by Joseph Thompson Storrs. Updates to earlier papers in the Lapwing Special Series. Tailpiece (Common Snipe). 
In preparation No. 15. Collected Papers (Sixth Series) 

Nos 6-14 remain available, mostly at reduced prices (from as little as 50p per copy). Further details from Martin Limbert at Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery, phone (01302) 735408, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 




If area has its own website, see those for details (eg. Thorne Moors and Hatfield Moors).



26.05.11 (Chris Johnson) Spotted Flycatcher in Bilham Wood.

14.03.11 (CF) Thorne South Common: Barn Owl over garden again 22:30.

Sunday 13th March 2011 (Paul Adams). Southfield reservoir: 17 Canada Goose. 34 Wigeon. 1 drake American Wigeon. 55 Mallard. 78 Pochard. 16 Tufted Duck. 4 Goldeneye. 5 Goosander. 15 Great Crested Grebe. 21 Cormorant. 3 Lapwing. 2 Skylark. C50 Tree Sparrow. 22 Greenfinch. 18 Reed Bunting.

19.02.11 (Chris Johnson) 5 Goosander (all redheads) feeding above weir in Cheswold Cut by Prison in centre of town. Also Green Woodpecker calling from side of prison wall.

14.02.11 (AS) Southfield Reservoir: male Hen Harrier.

31.01.11 (BPW) NOT IN DDOS, BUT NOT FAR AWAY. GOOLE docks near traffic lights 15 Waxwings.

19.01.2011 (Bill Priestley) 4 Waxwings in Moorends, with up to 60 reported around Ferndale estate.

17.01.2011 (Chris Johnson) Sprotbrough Flash (Pot Ridings Wood): Tit flock including Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (male), GSW, Nuthatch, Treecreeper and at least 20 Goldcrest.(Also 2 Raven over).

01.01.2011 (C.J. Johnson) Sprotbrough Flash: Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (male) near far gate along towpath, Raven flew east overhead and 2 Goldeneye (1f+1imm), 4 Little Grebe, 1 Great Crested Grebe, 3 Pochard and 20+ Tufted Duck on River Don. 

24th & 25.12.10 (BPW) River Idle from Misson to Idle Stop (3hrs): 7 Mute Swan, 25 Mallard, 2 Tufted Duck, Common Pheasant, 5 Little Grebe, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, 2 Common Buzzard, Common Kestrel, 1 adult female Peregrine, 3 Moorhen, 6 Common Coot, 1 Common Redshank over calling, Common Gull, Herring Gull, Black-headed Gull, Rock Dove, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker, Magpie, Eurasian Jay, Rook, Carrion Crow, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Willow Tit, 2 Sky Lark, Long-tailed Tit, Eurasian Treecreeper, Common Starling, Blackbird, Fieldfare, Song Thrush, Redwing, Robin, Dunnock, House Sparrow, Grey Wagtail, Common Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Siskin, 7 Common Redpoll seen very well, quite closely, Bullfinch, Yellowhammer.

24.12.10 (JC) Denaby Ings photos (3).



Dunnock, Denaby Ings 24.12.10 (JC)

Robin, Denaby Ings 24.12.10 (JC)

Willow Tit, Denaby Ings 24.12.10 (JC)

21.12.10 (C.J. Johnson) Skylark - Flock of 40+ around pig sty at Bawtry Forest.


07.12.10 (CF) South Common, Thorne. Following the Woodcock another new garden tick!

Moorhen 19.12.10 (Clive Featherstone)


08.12.10 (Chris Johnson) Warmsworth: Woodcock low over my garden at 16.30hrs today. River Don, Sprotbrough: Goosander 1m 4f, Kingfisher 2


07.12.10 (CF) South Common, Thorne. A Woodcock landed in the garden, a good one for the list!

Woodcock, 7.12.10 (Clive Featherstone)

03.12.10 (Ron Moat) race course: Blackcap on feeders in our garden near the 8.25 am temperature -6 Deg C and 11 inch of snow.

29.11.10 (BPW) My garden South Common, Thorne: 46 Sky Larks over in one flock.

26.11.10 (BPW) My garden South Common, Thorne: Grey Wagtail

25.11.10 (Clive Featherstone) garden South Common, Thorne: Barn Owl.

25.11.10 (Adrian Scutt) Southfield Reservior: white Gyr with jesses.

25.11.10 (BPW) River Don, Fishlake: 6 Redshank, 1 Peregrine over NE, gulls N to roost.


Doncaster & District Ornithological Society meeting , thurs 25th Nov, 19.15pm Parklands S&S Club, Wheatley Hall rd Doncaster, DN2 4LT Geoff Carr: Morocco. non-members £2 entry, refreshments available, all welcome. 

16.11.10 Cantley, in rowans near Beeches Brook pub (JC).

Waxwing, Cantley 16.11.10 (Justin Carr)

Thorne Moors 1 Hen Harrier, 2 Marsh Harrier,1 (possibly 2) Great Grey Shrike.

Hatfield Moors Rough-legged Buzzard.

04.11.10 (Chris Johnson) Sprotborough Flash Water Rail at in Wader Bay.

03.11.10 Hatfield Moors Rough-legged Buzzard.

02.11.10 (JC) 20 Doncaster town centre Waxwing over.

01.11.10 Snow Buntings, singles appearing at Southfield Reservior (CF), Hatfield Moors and Thorne Mooors (BPW).

Great Grey Shrike still at Thorne, Hatfield bird was only one day.

Rough-legged Buzzard, 1 Thorne and Hatfield Moors.

Waxwings, Thorne and Hatfield Moors.

Cetti's Warbler Hatfield Moors.

23.10.10 (BPW) 2 House Martin South Common, Thorne.

21.10.10 (Justin Carr) Brambling, 3 Siskin and 20 Redwing over Rossington this morning and Redpoll.


20.10.10 Great Grey Shrike one at Thorne Moors and one at Boston Park, Hatfield Moors.

 Greenshank Old Moor 20.10.10 (Justin Carr)

20.10.10 (Justin Carr) Greenshank Old Moor

Slavonian Grebe, Lakeside, Doncaster 04.10.10 (Justin Carr)

Slavonian Grebe, Lakeside, Doncaster 04.10.10 (Justin Carr)