The current Work-in-Progress (WIP) file shows 6 records for Marmora’s Warbler as being back ‘in circulation’. This has NOTHING to do with the acceptability of these records – they remain OK you will be glad to hear! BBRC have been intending to review the records to determine if they could be assigned to sub-species for […]

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Olive-backed Pipit no longer BBRC

Published on 01 May 2013

As from January 1st 2013 Olive-backed Pipit will no longer be a BBRC species. This delightful ‘Sibe’ has been showing a steady increase in numbers recently with typically from 10 to 20 birds each year. But in 2012 there was a major influx of close to 50 birds, and that meant our criteria for removal […]

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Helping Nature Iraq Bird Records Committee

Published on 09 April 2013

In a recent Work-in-Progress file some of you spotted 3 records for the ‘County’ of Iraq! Well it was correct although it was not intended to leave them in the WIP file. We are occasionally asked by countries that are beginning to create the infrastructure for bird recording about the methods we use, and wherever […]

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A way forward with Canada Geese

Published on 27 March 2013

After a request for claims of ‘Lesser’ Canada Geese we have now decided on an acceptable taxonomy to process them. The full details are in the “Species & RIACT”pages here These Species pages will become a major source of information on how various taxa are handled by BBRC. Be patient, but information on more species […]

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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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RSPB Support for BBRC

Published on 08 September 2011

We are delighted to announce that the RSPB has agreed to support the work of the BBRC. Throughout Europe, many BirdLife partner organisations provide support for the work of their national rarities committee, but that has not been the case in Britain – until now. Although many birders may not immediately associate the RSPB with […]

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BBRC AGM 2011

Published on 05 September 2011

The 2011 BBRC AGM was held in Oxford on 12th–13th March. We had not expected the opportunity to connect with a top-class rarity when that location was agreed a year in advance (members were able to visit Chipping Norton to see the wintering Oriental Turtle Dove Streptopelia orientalis prior to the main business commencing) and credit must go to local member Nic Hallam […]

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Current BBRC species and taxa

Published on 25 July 2011

A list of the species and sub-species currently being assessed by BBRC is available through the link below: Current BBRC species – Last updated 25/07/2011

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