Border recording area

Borders recording area

Border Angus Hogg

Nuthatch © Angus Hogg

Area covered:

Scottish Borders – local government area

Local recorder for the area:

David Parkinson and Martin Moncrieff




01896 822 028 (David) & 01835 822398 (Martin)



Record submission:

The preferred option is to use BirdTrack, the BTO bird data handling system that the SOC helped develop. However, we may be able to accept databased or spreadsheet records – please contact Recorder who will advise on format and upload your records to BirdTrack. Will accept spreadsheet records at any time of year but prefer quarterly rather than annually. Date order preferred.

Any bird records submitted to BirdTrack are automatically sent to the Local Recorder (with your permission). This applies to any part of the UK, so there is no need to submit records to the different areas any more.



Borders Bird Report: Borders Bird Report cover 2


Tom Brewis

Latest issue:

No. 32 (2015). The Report is based on nearly 30,000 records and includes reference to a first record for the Scottish Borders of a Two-barred Crossbill, a third record for Icterine Warbler and a fourth record of White-billed Diver. While records suggest that Nuthatch continues its inexorable northward advance and Marsh Tit’s range shrinks in the other direction, numbers were up for Yellow-browed Warbler (for which it was a record year). The count at West Water of nearly 83,000 Pink-footed Geese broke the previous record count by almost doubling it!

The Ringing Report deals with over 4,000 birds ringed in the Borders and the many recoveries from previously ringed birds.


£5, plus £1.50 UK p&p if necessary (see below)

Available from:

Borders branch meetings; Viking Optical Centre, 101 Rose Street, Edinburgh; and Waterston House, SOC HQ.

Or by post from Malcolm Ross, 01896 755523, , 24 Netherbank, Galashiels TD1 3DH. Cheques should be made payable to “Scottish Ornithologists Club Borders Branch”; please include an additional £1. 50 to cover postage.

First year of publication:


Back issues:

Contact Malcolm Ross (as above).

Borders Local Records Committee


Fran Evans, Dave Graham, Martin Moncrieff and David Parkinson

Species that the committee considers:

Leach’s Petrel, Bittern, Bean Goose, Snow Goose, Red Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Spotted Crake, Avocet, Temminck’s Stint, Grey Phalarope, Red-necked Phalarope, Long-tailed Skua, Roseate Tern, Little Owl, Nightjar, Hoopoe, Shore Lark, Golden Oriole.
Scottish rarities (ie all those on the SBRC List) should also be sent to the Recorder, who will forward them to SBRC.


South-East Scotland Bird Atlas

Tree Sparrow breeding evidence 2007 - 13

Tree Sparrow breeding evidence 2008 – 13

Lothian and Borders regions have joined forces to run a local Bird Atlas project in parallel with the national 2007-11 Bird Atlas. For more details, including information on how to take part and preliminary species maps, see the South-East Scotland Bird Atlas website at

UPDATE: The Atlas project, having collected the data, is now at the write-up stage. The 2016/17 winter SOC branch talks will include several talks on the results of the SE Scotland Atlas.

Useful links

Visit SOC Borders branch page

Download the free, full-colour guide

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