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Rare Breeding Birds Panel: Early 2020 update
Message to all birders: please ensure full details of any rare breeding birds in breeding habitat are submitted promptly to county bird recorders. All county recorders are currently asking for all 2019 data to be submitted to them urgently - as well as compiling their own local reviews they will then also be able to provide data to RBBP by our deadline of 30th November 2020.
Replacement of the RBBP Secretary.
After almost 14 years of distinguished service, Mark Holling is retiring and standing down as Secretary of the Rare Breeding Birds Panel in April; he will continue working behind the scenes in a voluntary capacity. Applications for his replacement have now closed. We have received an encouraging response and would like to thank all those who have shown an interest in this important post. An announcement will be made in due course.
New Report.The new report from the Rare Breeding Birds Panel, presenting the definitive summary for the 2017 breeding season, was published on 1st December in British Birds - see the cover image to the left. For the first time ever, data were received directly from all recording areas, making this review even more definitive.
A pair of Night Herons in Somerset was the first ever confirmed breeding in the UK; Cattle Egrets nested at four sites; there were six pairs of Black-winged Stilts (a new record total); and the highest-ever totals for Eurasian Spoonbill (29 pairs), Eurasian Bittern (191 booming males and/or nests found) and Little Egret (1,523 pairs) were reported. Three pairs of European Bee-eaters nested in Nottinghamshire, although poor weather when the young were in the nest eventually led to all the chicks being deserted. The phenomenon of species with a more southerly European distribution colonising the UK is explored further in the report in a special piece penned by Malcolm Ausden. A total of 11 rare occasional and potential breeding species were recorded exhibiting breeding behaviour, pointing to the possibility of further colonisation in the future. Less good news though were the reports of the lowest ever totals of Slavonian Grebes (18 pairs) and the lowest totals since the 1980s of both Montagu's Harrier (5 pairs) and Spotted Crakes (8 calling males). See here for a list of all the rare breeding birds recorded in 2017 together with the numbers of pairs and trends for each species.
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. THANK YOU to all recorders who submitted promptly; your efforts are very much appreciated. As at 20th January we had received data from 67 recording areas, and we have promises of delivery in the next few weeks from a further 6. Sadly we are still to hear from two recording areas in England, two in Wales, two in Scotland and the Isle of Man. 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! 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 right 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 in the first quarter of 2020).