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.


Updated WIP file – Dec 2019

Published on 27 November 2019

An updated ‘Work in Progress’ file is available (at 13 December 2019). We look forward to receiving submissions for rarities not currently in the system. Thanks to all rarity finders, submitters, and county recorders for your help in this on-going task! This file contains ‘active’ records, and so does not tend to feature records (unless […]

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BBRC reaches 60 years!

Published on 09 August 2019

The BBRC was formed in 1959 – meaning this year marks 60 years of record assessment. We are grateful to have received birthday wishes from a host of other groups and national committees, listed here: Since its foundation in 1993, the Association of European Records and Rarities Committees – AERC has always been able to […]

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Updated WIP file – Aug 2019

Published on 02 August 2019

An updated WIP file has details of latest BBRC decisions and submissions (at 02 Aug 2019). The decisions listed here will form the basis of the 2018 Rarities Report due to be published in the October 2019 issue of BB. Any outstanding records of rarities from 2018 or earlier can still be submitted – these will […]

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New Work-in-Progress file: 4 Apr 2019

Published on 05 April 2019

An updated WIP file has details of latest BBRC decisions and submissions (at 04 Apr 2019). Please can all interested parties check the file carefully and send in any currently non-submitted records, either to the relevant county/national recorder or direct to BBRC.  Good progress is being made with 2018 records which will ensure the annual BBRC […]

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BBRC list changes, 1 Jan 2019

Published on 01 April 2019

LESSER YELLOWLEGS and ARCTIC WARBLER have been removed from the BBRC list. Both these species now satisfy the relevant criteria for change of status, i.e. they both average more than 10 records per year over the most recent decade and show sufficiently low variation in annual totals. Records of Lesser Yellowlegs and Arctic Warbler from 1 […]

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