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  • Scotland's Bird Club



Area covered:

Inverness District, Ross-shire, Sutherland, Badenoch & Strathspey, Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh


Local recorder for the area:

John Poyner

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01479 821357

6, Mackenzie Crescent, Nethybridge, Highland, PH25 3DU

Highland Bird Report


Alex Joss

Latest issue:


The report includes:
  • Acknowledgements   
  • Editorial       
  • Guide for submitting bird records 
  • Contributors to Highland Bird Report 2018        
  • Reporting rare or scarce species and recent rarity decisions     
  • Highland weather in 2018  
  • Review of the ornithological year 2018    
  • Systematic list for 2018       
  • Escapes and presumed feral birds             
  • First and last dates of common migrants  
  • Bird ringing in Highland recording area during 2018     
  • First-ever breeding records in Highland for Nuthatch
  • History of Nuthatch in Highland        
  • Common Tern in the Inner Moray Firth      
  • Tree Sparrows breeding at Leys Castle Estate      

£10 (plus £2 UK p&p if required)

Available from:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Ruthven, 12 Academy Street, Fortrose, IV10 8TW, telephone: 07437 90013.

Cheques should be made payable to ‘Scottish Ornithologists’ Club HBR’. Please note we cannot accept electronic payments. 

First published:

1995. (Photocopied version 1983-94; also Caithness Bird Report 1983-94, photocopied version 1976-82.)

Back issues:

2017 and 2016 copies are both £9 (plus £2 P&P). All previous copies are free apart from £2 P&P but 2008 is sold out. For multiple postings we can usually pack 2 reports to an envelope and charge £3.00 postage per envelope. Please contact Alex Joss (as above).


Highland Bird Report Gazetteer

SOC Highland branch has produced a gazetteer, listing almost 2600 site names referred to in the Highland Bird Report and their grid references. Locations in red are new entries in the 2015 or 16 report. Download the 2015/16 gazetteer as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet


Highlands Records Committee

Records of any of the following species in the Highland recording area requires a formal description using this form (last updated April 2019).

Bewick’s Swan
Dark-bellied Brent Goose
Tundra Bean Goose
Taiga Bean Goose
Egyptian Goose (added 2017)
Snow Goose
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Red-crested Pochard
Ring-necked Duck
Surf Scoter
Ruddy Duck (added 2017)
Smew (added 2018)
Balearic Shearwater
Continental Cormorant (ssp sinensis)
Great White Egret
White Stork
Glossy Ibis (added 2017)
Red-necked Grebe
Black-necked Grebe
White-billed Diver (added 2019)
Honey Buzzard
Rough-legged Buzzard
Ring-necked Parakeet (added 2017)
Spotted Crake
Common Crane
American Golden Plover
Little Ringed Plover
Temminck’s Stint
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Red-necked Phalarope
Grey Phalarope
Spotted Redshank (added 2017)
Long-tailed Skua (juveniles and immatures)
Sabine’s Gull (Inner Moray Firth only)
Kumlien’s Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Roseate Tern
Black Tern (juveniles)
Little Owl
Scandinavian Rock Pipit (ssp. littoralis)
Richard’s Pipit
Water Pipit
Yellow Wagtail (all races)
Reed Warbler
Icterine Warbler
Barred Warbler
Siberian Chiffchaff (ssp. tristis)
Pallas’s Warbler
Bluethroat (added 2017)
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Bearded Tit
Marsh Tit
Willow Tit
Golden Oriole
Red-backed Shrike
Nordic Jackdaw (ssp. monedula)
Rose-coloured Starling
Common Rosefinch
Scottish Crossbill (SBRC species in Skye and the small isles)
Parrot Crossbill (SBRC species in Sutherland, Lochaber, Skye and Lochalsh)


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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.