• Scotland's Bird Club

    Records of species and subspecies recorded in Scotland on up to 20 occasions


  • Bird Recording
  • Scottish Birds Records Committee (SBRC)
  • Records of species and subspecies recorded in Scotland on up to 20 occasions

In 1993 SOC Council delegated responsibility for maintaining the Scottish List (a list of all species and subspecies of wild birds recorded in Scotland) to the Scottish Birds Records Committee (SBRC). SBRC in turn appointed a subcommittee to carry out this function.

In 1996, Peter Gordon and David Clugston, on behalf of SBRC, produced a list of Records of species recorded in Scotland on 5 or fewer occasions (Gordon & Clugston 1996). Subsequently, SBRC decided to expand this list to include all acceptable records of species recorded on up to 20 occasions, and to incorporate subspecies with a similar number of records (Andrews & Naylor 2002). The last occasion that a complete list of records appeared in print was in The Birds of Scotland, which included all records up until 2004 (Forrester et al. 2007). During the period from 2002 until 2013, amendments and updates to the list of records appeared regularly as part of SBRC's Scottish List Subcommittee's reports in Scottish Birds. Since 2014 these records have appear on the SOC's website, a significant advantage being that the entire list of all records for such species can be viewed together (Forrester 2014). The Scottish List Subcommittee are now updating the list annually. The current update includes records from the British Birds Rarities Committee's Report on rare birds in Great Britain in 2016 (Holt 2017) and SBRC's Report on rare birds in Scotland, 2016 (McGowan & McInerny 2018). This report also incorporates recent taxonomic changes to the British List (BOU 2018).

The List

Click here to download the ‘up to 20 occasions’ list (PDF).


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