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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. 35 (2018). The 191-page Report covers summaries of the 209 species recorded during the year, including the first Lesser Yellowlegs for Borders. Also in the Report are an account of the Lesser Yellowlegs find, an account of the finding of a Melodious Warbler at St Abb’s Head (the second for Borders), a report on the first fully co-ordinated survey of breeding seabirds along the Berwickshire coast since Seabird  2000 and a brief outline of some of the findings of Breeding Bird Surveys in SE Scotland between 1994 and 2017. Also included is the ringing report for Borders.

The Report is illustrated with colour photographs taken by local birders and is generously supported by a graphs depicting trends of species records in recent years.


£10, 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 £10 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:

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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Useful links


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.