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:
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)
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:
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
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 here.
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.