Rare Breeding Birds Panel
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Rare Breeding Birds Panel - JANUARY 2019
Progress on processing 2017 data
Since early autumn 2018, excel spreadsheets containing the details of rare breeding birds (species and sites) in 2017 have been coming in from many county and regional recorders. To date, mid January, we have heard from all but one recording area (the exception being Anglesey) - most county bird recorders have now submitted data; the remaining few counties have promised to complete compilation and submission of their records within the next few weeks. The map (left, updated on 16th January) shows (in green) all the recording areas across the UK that have actually sent data in already. The Channel Islands (not shown) have also sent data. We would like to thank all these recorders (who all operate in a voluntary capacity) for their efforts in meeting the deadlines. The remaining areas (4 in Scotland, 2 in England, 1 in Wales and the Isle of Man) are all on the case; we hope to receive an update from Anglesey soon. There is now every chance that for the first time in our 45 year history that we will receive data from all areas of the UK. WELL DONE TO EVERYONE INVOLVED! Prompt delivery helps us collate the records for the whole of the UK so that it is available for conservation and species summaries in our next annual report (due in the autumn).
The 2019 survey of Willow Tits
We are working in partnership with the RSPB who are organising a survey of Willow Tits across their current and recently occupied range in England, Wales and south-west Scotland. Willow Tit is the second fastest declining species of bird in Britain (after the Turtle Dove) and in order to provide suitable conservation action we need to know more about their current status and habitat choice. The survey will take place from mid February to mid-April when Willow Tits are more vocal and easier to find. You can read more about this on our Willow Tit survey page. Please have a look and take part if you can. Willow Tit photo (right) by David Norman.
The most recent RBBP annual report covered 2016
The latest report from the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, providing definitive details of all rare breeding birds in the UK in 2016, was published in the November 2018 issue of British Birds and you can see a summary in this blog here. To get your own copy of the full report, you can either buy a digital copy of the issue of British Birds containing the report for £4.99 via the Apple Appstore or Google Play: search for British Birds magazine, or alternatively, you can buy a paper copy (£7.50): from British Birds directly. Remember that you can browse all our previously published reports - including our most recent (covering 2015) and going right back to our first, 1973, here. You can still see videos of the breeding pair of Bluethroats in highland Scotland kindly provided by the finder, Robert Ince, here: (a) Singing male and (b) Male feeding the juvenile.
What about bird watchers?
All birdwatchers should be checking that they have already submitted their records of any rare breeding birds found in breeding habitat in 2018, especially if you were able to confirm breeding. Please enter the details on BirdTrack, or submit details directly to the relevant county bird recorder NOW.