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Area covered:

Mainland Fife


Local recorder for the area:

Graham Sparshott

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Record submission:

Preferably by email to the Fife recorder, ideally using the Excel spread sheet found here, but any format can be accepted. 

Please send records with headings in the following order – Species, Date, Location, Number of birds + age/sex (where applicable), Observer’s name, Comments. Records can be sent any time during the current year and until March of the following year. A template spreadsheet is available from the Local Recorder.


fife-bird-report-2013Fife Bird Report

Editorial Team:

Malcolm Ware, Graham Sparshott, Rob Armstrong, Keith Ballantyne

Assistant Editor:

Dave Heeley

Area covered:

Mainland Fife and the inner Forth islands

Latest issue:



£5 including UK p&p

Available from:

The last two most recent reports (2014, 2015) are available to purchase through the Fife Bird Club website here There is a charge of £5 to non-FBC members.

First published:

Fife and Kinross Bird Report 1980-87, then Fife Bird Report from 1988.

Back issues:

Please contact Malcolm for prices and availability


The Breeding and Wintering Birds of Fife

Fife Atlas cover

This large format, hardback book brings up to date an earlier publication published in 2003, the Fife Bird Atlas (and for which a CD is still available if anyone should want one – please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). The current breeding and wintering status of birds in Fife is illustrated by 400 fine-scale maps. Click here to find out more about the new atlas and for details of how to purchase your copy.




Fife Local Records Committee


Rob Armstrong, John Nadin, Ken Shaw, Kris Gibb, and Graham Sparshott (Chair).

A records form for descriptions can be found here

Species that the committee considers:

Taiga Bean Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, Bewick’s Swan, Egyptian Goose, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Garganey (females and eclipse drakes only), Red-crested Pochard, Ring-necked Duck, Surf Scoter (females and eclipse drakes only), Black Grouse, Capercaillie, White-billed Diver, Balearic Shearwater, Leach’s Petrel, Black-necked Grebe, White Stork, Glossy Ibis, Spoonbill, Bittern, Great White Egret, Red Kite, Honey Buzzard, Northern Goshawk (Juveniles in all circumstances, adults only away from established sites), Rough-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Hobby, Spotted Crake, Common Crane, American Golden Plover, Temminck’s Stint, Pectoral Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Grey Phalarope, Sabine’s Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Glaucous Gull, Iceland Gull, Roseate Tern, Long-tailed Skua, Nightjar, Bee-eater, Golden Oriole, Chough, Hooded Crow, Marsh Tit, Willow Tit, Shore Lark, Richard’s Pipit, Barred Warbler, Pallas’s Warbler, Icterine Warbler, Siberian Chiffchaff, Firecrest, Nuthatch, Rose-coloured Starling, Bluethroat, Red-breasted Flycatcher, Hawfinch, Common Rosefinch, Common Redpoll, Lapland Bunting, and Water Pipit.

A description could also be required for other species not on the list whenever deemed necessary by the Recorder.


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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.