Rare Breeding Birds Panel
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Rare Breeding Birds Panel - 2019: End of 2019 update
Message to all birders: please ensure full details of any rare breeding birds in breeding habitat are submitted promptly to county bird recorders.
REPLACEMENT OF THE RBBP SECRETARY.
After almost 14 years of distinguished service, Mark Holling will soon be standing down as Secretary of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel. We are therefore seeking a new Secretary to take over in spring 2020.
The successful candidate is likely to be a well-respected, experienced and knowledgeable member of the ornithological community who would be able to command the respect and trust of the local bird recording community and data managers for bird clubs and groups, raptor study groups, Licensing Agency staff and others providing confidential data on rare breeding birds. Duties include liaison with all data providers over records of rare breeding birds, compilation of data, maintenance of a confidential database, communication to a range of audiences about the Panel's activities and production of annual reports, including the one published in British Birds. The Secretary deals with highly confidential data and it is essential that the affairs of the Panel are handled with sensitivity and a high level of integrity. IT skills and competence in database management are essential, as is web-editing experience or aptitude. Suitable candidates are likely to have considerable experience of birds and bird conservation in the UK, be good communicators and will understand fully the issues surrounding records of rare breeding birds.
The post is paid under a self-employed contract on a part-time basis supported by the funding partners (currently RSPB, JNCC and BTO) and involves around 125 days work per year. If you are interested in the role and believe you have the skills and experience we need, please download further details here.
The closing date for applications is 19 January 2020.
Ian Francis, RBBP member and chair of recruitment panel
NEW REPORT - the new report from the Rare Breeding Birds Panel is now available. Covering 2017, the report was published on 1st December in British Birds - see the cover image to the right. Look out for more information about this report and the findings within on this page soon.
Information for county recorders and others who submit data to RBBP.
Data for 2018 (or updates on progress) were due to be submitted by 30th November 2019. We ask that all data suppliers please send any further files to the Secretary as soon as possible, so as not to hold up the production of the 2018 report! THANK YOU to all recorders who submitted promptly; your efforts are very much appreciated. As at 13th December we had received data from 55 recording areas plus promises records are on their way from a further 10. That's over 80% of all recording areas in the UK and compares very favourably with 65% by mid-December last year. We also have some datasets from species specialists, Schedule 1 returns and institutions such as RSPB reserve data. Full instructions and guidance can be found by selecting the Data Submissions tab on the left.
For a summary of the 2019 season, see Latest News (link on the left) One of the most important records is the first confirmed breeding of Savi's Warbler in Wales (photo left by Steve Culley).
Rare Breeding Birds Panel reporting - the archive.
All 43 reports published by the RBBP covering 1973 to 2016 are available to download from this website (select Annual Reports from the menu on the left). These reports were all published in the monthly journal British Birds and we are grateful to them for permission to make these reports available. You can also explore the species accounts within these reports using the Explore Reports option. At present this only covers 1973-2010 but work is underway to bring this up to date, as part of a major refresh of this website (expected early 2020).