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The BBRC is the official adjudicator of rare bird records in Britain. It publishes its annual report in the monthly journal British Birds.

These web pages supplement the Annual Report and also enable birders worldwide to keep abreast with the latest committee news.

News

BBRC Appoints New Vice Chair

Published on 05 April 2014

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Stoddart to the role of Vice Chair.  This position was confirmed at the recent BBRC AGM, held in March 2014.  Andy will principally assist the committee by preparing articles relating to the committee’s work, progressing work on RIACT taxa and assisting with research on difficult records.  […]

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The British Ornithologists’ Union Records Committee (BOURC) has removed Slender-billed Curlew Numenius tenuirostris from the British List. Following a review by both BOURC and the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC), the identification of the bird seen at Druridge Bay, Northumberland, 4–7 May 1998 (sight record, photographed, video) (Br. Birds 95:  95: 272–278 & 279–299) is no longer […]

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For the first time we have teamed up with the Sound Approach, providing links from our website to hear vocalisations of BBRC species.  The 2012 BBRC Annual Report is published in the October issue of British Birds, where readers can enjoy extended commentary on the record numbers of Baillon’s Crake Porzanna pusilla and Olive-backed Pipit Anthus […]

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We are delighted to announce that this year’s Carl Zeiss Award  winner is Tom Lowe, for his images of a putative juvenile Thayer’s Gull at Elsham, Lincolnshire, in April 2012. Tom will be presented with a pair of 8×42 Zeiss binoculars at the Birdfair at 3:30pm on Friday 16th August 2013 in the Events Marquee, […]

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Although not published for a number of years, the ‘sister’ report to BBRC’s “Rare Birds in Great Britain” report is the “Scarce Migrant Report”. This will now be published in British Birds as a major set of articles, over the next 6 months covering Scarce Migrants from 2004 to 2010 inclusive. It will be published […]

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