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Rare Breeding Birds Panel - February 2017 update
Latest News.Hot off the press is the new report from the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, covering non-native breeding birds in the UK during 2012-14. The report has been published in the February 2017 issue of British Birds. For more information on the report and one of the species included in it (Red-crested Pochard), see below, and here (with thanks to Rare Bird Alert).
Happening now: So far, data from only about 70% of recording areas for 2015 have been submitted by county recorders and these records, along with those from other sources, are being checked and analysed for inclusion in the next annual rare breeding birds report, due in September. Any remaining data must be submitted by 28th February 2017 to guarantee inclusion in the 2015 report; we owe it to the birdwatchers who made the records in the first place. Details of which counties have submitted data so far are updated as soon as new records come in, and you can check progress here: data received for 2015 so far. If your local county has not yet participated, why not contact the county recorder and encourage them to do so?
Featured species: Red-crested Pochard. Of the rarer breeding non-native species (those with fewer than 300 breeding pairs) only one, Red-crested Pochard (pictured right) is currently increasing. In 2012-14 breeding was confirmed in ten counties, all in the southern half of England, with two main concentrations: the Cotswold Water Park (Gloucestershire/Wiltshire) and Greater London and the home counties. Breeding numbers have increased by about 75% in the last 15 years. Please submit all records of pairs or broods of this and other rare non-native species, along with your records of other birds, to the county bird recorder (directly or, ideally, by using BirdTrack), so that they can be collated and passed on the RBBP for inclusion in our next report.
For full details of the status of this and other species, see the February issue of British Birds. For your own copy, go to www.britishbirds.co.uk, or buy an annual subscription. It is also possible to buy single digital copies of any issue of British Birds including the one with the 2014 RBBP report (cover shown on left) at less than £5: search for British Birds magazine on Apple Store or Google Play.