Rare Breeding Birds Panel
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Rare Breeding Birds Panel - DECEMBER 2018
What's been happening in recent weeks?
(1)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.
(2)Throughout November datasets containing the details of rare breeding birds in 2017 have been coming in from county and regional recorders. The map (left, updated on 5th December) shows all of the recording areas which had provided data, or have indicated that their records will be with us within the next few weeks. We would like to thank everyone who has been in touch so far and hope that the records from the remaining few counties will be submitted very soon. 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.
And looking forward to 2019 - a 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 here. Please have a look and take part if you can. Willow Tit photo (right) by David Norman.
We are now actvely processing all data received for the 2017 season. Any county recorders who have not already been in touch about 2017 data should contact the RBBP Secretary (contact details, left) NOW. For all birdwatchers, now is the time to submit 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.