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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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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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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2013 Carl Zeiss Award

Published on 19 June 2013

At the 2013 BBRC AGM in Conwy we discussed the parameters and reasons for selecting the winning entry.  The ‘rules’ say that Images are to be judged as those most instructive in helping the BBRC’s assessment.  We agreed that it is perfectly acceptable to consider images that have been imperative in clinching the identification, as […]

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