Birdline Scotland

Birdline Scotland

Latest sightings

BIRDLINE SCOTLAND ADVERTBirdline Scotland provides the most comprehensive and up-to-the-minute information on bird sightings in Scotland. It is run by Angus Murray in cooperation with the SOC.

To hear the regularly updated recorded message, simply phone:

09068 700234

Please follow specific instructions (eg access arrangements) when given.
Note that this is a Premium Rate number, only available in the UK and that calls are charged at 60p per minute.

Reporting sightings

The success of Birdline Scotland relies on birdwatchers phoning in their sightings of birds. Click here for a list of species which Birdline Scotland is interested in. These can be phoned in anytime on the 24-hour Sightings Hotline answer-machine number:

01292 611994

Calls to this number are charged at standard rates. Please leave your name and phone number as part of the message. If you think special instructions should be broadcast (grid reference, parking, access etc), please make these clear.

Angus can also be contacted on his Enquiries phone number 01292 611993 or by email.

Emails are checked periodically, but not as regularly as the Hotline answer-phone, which should be used for all urgent messages.

All records of rare birds are subject to acceptance by the relevant rarities committee.


Publicising sightings

Sightings phoned or emailed into Birdline Scotland will normally be forwarded to the relevant Local Recorder. Please note that this is not intended as a substitute to the normal submission of records direct to the Recorders, rather as a means of keeping them up-to-date and ensuring that important records are not lost.

Birdline Scotland will not publicise records if it knows that:

  1. the bird(s) are on private land, and no arrangements have been made for visiting.
  2. there is a risk that rare/uncommon breeding birds could be disturbed.
  3. an unacceptable risk to the welfare of the bird(s) can be foreseen.

Birdline Scotland and the SOC fully endorce the Birdwatchers’ Code.

Arrival dates of summer migrants

Click here to view this report, which is compiled annually by Birdline Scotland.