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Area covered:

Scottish Borders – local government area


Local recorder for the area:

David Parkinson and Martin Moncrieff

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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:                       


Tom Brewis

Published by:

SOC Borders branch

Latest issue:

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)

Available from:

Copies are available from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 24 Netherbank, Galashiels, TD1 3DH at £11 plus £2 P&P. Cheques should be made payable to SOC Borders Branch. Alternatively copies are available at Waterston House, SOC Headquarters. 

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:

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.


South-East Scotland Bird Atlas

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