Welcome to the BBRC

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.


New Member required for BBRC

Published on 14 August 2014

BBRC seeks a new candidate to replace our longest-serving member James Lidster in October 2014.  The prime qualifications of candidates are; a widely acknowledged expertise in identification, proven reliability in the field a track record of high quality submissions of descriptions of scarce and rare birds to county records committees and BBRC considerable experience of […]

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Carl Zeiss Award 2014

Published on 12 August 2014

The Carl Zeiss Award is awarded for a photograph, or set of photographs, judged to have been most instructive for the BBRC’s assessment of difficult species (or subspecies) during the previous year. The first Ascension Frigatebird for Britain, found on Tiree, Argyll, in July 1953, lay in a museum tray, masquerading as a Magnificent Frigatebird […]

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Updated information on BBRC’s position on Subalpine Warblers has now been uploaded to the ‘Warblers’ page under ‘Species Information’. See also the July 2014 issue of ‘British Birds’.

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Updated information on BBRC’s position on rare swans and geese has now been uploaded to the ‘Swans to Ducks’ page under ‘Species Information’.

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As the story below says, Andy Stoddart was appointed Vice Chairman at our recent AGM and a part of his role was to help with explaining BBRC’s position on new taxa, especially those within the RIACT umbrella. The first outcome of that is his article on Stonechats where new splits etc have created new taxa […]

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