Scottish Borders – local government area
Local recorder for the area:
David Parkinson and Martin Moncrieff
01896 822 028 (David)
01835 822398 (Martin)
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:
SOC Borders branch
No. 36 (2019). The 200-page Report covers summaries of the 214 species recorded during the year, including the first Lesser Scaup for Borders and first confirmed record of Baltic Gull for Scotland. In addition to comprehesive accounts of each species the 2019 Report also includes an account of the 2018/19 survey of inland gulleries, an outline of the main recent sightings at Greenlaw Farm Pool, at Foulden, a site which was unfortunately drained, early in 2020, as well as a series of maps which describe the geographic distribution of records as a whole for the year. The Report also includes a summary of ringed/marked gulls recorded at Gunknowe Loch at Tweedbank which gives an intereseting insight into patterns of migration. There is also a full account for the year of ringing in the Region.
The Report is illustrated with colour photographs taken by local birders and is generously supported by graphs depicting trends of species records in recent years.
£11, plus £2 p&p (if posting required)
First year of publication:
Contact Malcolm Ross (as above).
Borders Local Records Committee
Fran Evans, Dave Graham, Martin Moncrieff and David Parkinson
Species that the committee considers:
American Golden Plover, American Wigeon, Avocet, Balearic Shearwater, Bean Goose (Taiga and Tundra), Bee-eater, Bittern, Black Guillemot, Bluethroat, Breaded Tit, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Capercaillie, Chiffchaff(Siberian-tristis), Chough, Common Rosefinch, Corn Bunting, Corncrake, Crane, Dotterel, Firecrest, Glossy Ibis, Golden Eagle, Golden Oriole, Great White Egret, Green Winged Teal, Grey Phalarope, Hawfinch, Hobby, Honey Buzzard, Hoopoe, Icterine Warbler, Leach’s Petrel, Little Owl, Little Tern, Long-tailed Skua, Mediterranean Gull, Nightjar, Pallas’s Warbler, Pectoral Sandpiper, Penduline Tit, Ptarmigan, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Red-necked Phalarope, Richard’s Pipit, Ring-billed Gull, Ring-necked Duck, Roseate Tern, Rose-coloured Starling, Rough-legged Buzzard, Sabine’s Gull, Shore Lark, Spoonbill, Spotted Crake, Surf Scoter, Timminck’s Stint, Turtle Dove, Water Pipit, White Stork, White-billed Diver, White-tailed Eagle, Willow Tit, Wryneck, Yellow Wagtail(grey-headed thunbergi).
Scottish rarities (ie all those on the SBRC List) should also be sent to the Recorder, who will forward them to SBRC.