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 Work in Progress

Published on 02 July 2017

An Updated WIP file has details of latest BBRC decisions and submissions.  Thanks for the many 2017 records that have already been submitted! If you notice any 2016 records missing, then there is still time to submit them in time for publication in the annual rarities report in BB.  Thanks!

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Updated WIP file

Published on 02 April 2017

A new Work-In-Progress (WIP) file is now available – providing an update on the state-of-play with records submitted to BBRC. If you notice any obvious omissions, please remind the finder(s) to submit a description to BBRC or via the relevant county recorder.  This will help to ensure a fully comprehensive 2016 rarities report in BB later this year.

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The following species is now reinstated to the BBRC list: Ferruginous Duck   Ferruginous Duck is in decline internationally and of increasing conservation concern; BBRC will continue to work closely with county recorders to ensure a robust assessment with respect to provenance of individual birds.   The following species have been removed from the BBRC […]

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Farewell to I. James Ferguson-Lees

Published on 13 January 2017

We recently learned the sad news that James Ferguson-Lees passed away in early January 2017. He was executive editor of British Birds for 19 years from 1954 and oversaw a number of major innovations during that time and was instrumental in the establishment of both the Rarities Committee and the Rare Breeding Birds Panel. A […]

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Updated texts for warblers and Long-tailed Tit have now been added under ‘Species Information’

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