New member for BBRC

Published on 01 December 2014

We are delighted to announce that Micky Maher has been confirmed as our new member, replacing James Lidster who retired as the longest-serving member last month.   You can read more about Micky’s nomination here.

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New Member required for BBRC

Published on 14 August 2014

BBRC seeks a new candidate to replace our longest-serving member James Lidster in December 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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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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BBRC 2013 AGM social event at RSPB Conwy

Published on 17 March 2013

It was great to meet up with local birders at the informal social gathering at RSPB Conwy Reserve on 9th March.  We were able to provide an update on the BBRC decisions on Welsh claims of Elegant Tern and Redhead among others.  BOURC Chairman Martin Collinson was on hand to summarize how DNA-analysis is proving […]

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Glossy Ibis to be removed in 2013

Published on 30 January 2013

Each year the BBRC review the species/taxa that they assess to see if they should be removed from the BBRC list. A number of candidates were discussed at the 2012 BBRC AGM, which was held at Minsmere, Suffolk in March.  The outcome was that Glossy Ibis will be removed from the end of 2012.  All […]

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New member of BBRC for 2011

Published on 08 September 2011

We are delighted to announce that Steve Votier was confirmed in post on 1st July 2011 as a full-time member of BBRC. There were no further nominations following the announcement in support of Steve (Brit. Birds 104: 311). He had been co-opted to fill the vacancy provided by Lance Degnan, who retired in April 2010. […]

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