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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

Latest issue:

No. 34 (2017). The 170-page Report covers summaries of the 218 species recorded during the year, including the first Dark-eyed Junco for Borders and accounts of Western Bonelli’s Warbler and Black-browed Albatross, both of which were only the second records for the region. An outline of bird watching at the increasingly-watched Greenlaw Farm Pool in Foulden is also given, along with the annual ringing report. The Report is illustrated with colour photographs taken by local birders and is generously supported by a graphs depicting trends of records in recent years.

Copies are available from Malcolm Ross, 24 Netherbank, Galashiels, TD1 3DH and are £8 plus £2 P&P. Alternatively copies are available at Waterston House.


£8, plus £2 p&p (if posting required)

Available from:

Borders branch meetings and Waterston House, SOC HQ. Or by post from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01896 755523, 24 Netherbank, Galashiels TD1 3DH. Cheques should be made payable to “Scottish Ornithologists Club Borders Branch”; please include an additional £2 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

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SOC brings together like-minded individuals with a passion for birds, nature and conservation through a programme of talks, outings, conferences and via the Club’s quarterly journal, Scottish Birds.