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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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07979 365134 (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:                       


Richard Jackson

Published by:

SOC Borders branch

Latest issue:

No. 37 (2020).

Available from:

The report is now available to download by clicking here. 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 £10 plus £2 P&P. Cheques should be made payable to SOC Borders Branch. Alternatively copies are available at Waterston House, SOC Headquarters. 

If you have downloaded the PDF and are not intending to buy a printed copy, Borders Branch requests a donation to help finance the report. Account details for the donation are:

Scottish Ornithologists' Club (Borders Branch)
Sort Code   80-06-88     
Account Number    00794554

The payment reference should be set to initial and surname.

The 240-page Report covers summaries of the 216 species recorded during the year. There are also small accounts on the sighting of a Montagu’s Harrier – only the fifth record since 1911 and also of the record-breaking counts of Sooty Shearwaters in September. 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, as well as tetrad maps for selected species.

First year of publication:


Back issues:

Contact Malcolm Ross (as above). 


Borders Local Records Committee


Fran Evans, Dave Graham, Martin Moncrieff, David Parkinson and Andrew Mossop

Species that the committee considers:

American Golden Plover, American Wigeon, Arctic Skua, Avocet, Balearic Shearwater, Barred Warbler, Bean Goose (Taiga and Tundra), Bearded Tit, Bee-eater, Bittern, Black Guillemot, Black Tern, Bluethroat, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Capercaillie, Chiffchaff (Siberian-tristis), Chough, Common Rosefinch, Corn Bunting, Corncrake, Crane, Crested Tit, Dotterel, Firecrest, Glaucous Gull, Glossy Ibis, Golden Eagle, Golden Oriole, Great Grey Shrike, Great White Egret, Green-winged Teal, Grey Phalarope, Hawfinch, Hobby, Honey Buzzard, Hooded Crow, Hoopoe, Iceland Gull, Icterine Warbler, Lapland Bunting, Leach’s Petrel, Little Auk, Little Bunting, Little Owl, Little Tern, Long-tailed Skua, Marsh Harrier, Marsh Tit, Marsh Warbler, Nightjar, Olive-backed Pipit, Pallas’s Warbler, Pectoral Sandpiper, Penduline Tit, Pomarine Skua, Ptarmigan, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Red-necked Phalarope, Richard’s Pipit, Ring-billed Gull, Ring-necked Duck, Ring-necked Parakeet, Rock Pipit (Scandinavian), Roseate Tern, Rose-coloured Starling, Rough-legged Buzzard, Sabine’s Gull, Shore Lark, Smew, Spoonbill, Spotted Crake, Surf Scoter, Temminck’s Stint, Turtle Dove, Water Pipit, Wheatear (Greenland), 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.


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