Areas covered:

Perth and Kinross District

Local recorder for the area:

George Dunbar, email, tel 07765 183697

Record submission:

We now prefer to receive Perth & Kinross bird records via BirdTrack , the online recording system operated by the BTO, the RSPB, BirdWatch Ireland and the SOC. All you need to do to get started is sign up as a BirdTrack user and register the sites where you birdwatch.

If you use BirdTrack  to record your sightings, it will create a personal ‘diary’ you can view online. Your records will automatically be made available for the production of the Perth & Kinross Bird Report (provided you permit the local recorder to access them), for wider bird conservation issues, and to track migration and distribution patterns.

We do however continue to accept records sent directly to the local recorder at the address above. Various formats can be used:
– A Microsoft Works or Excel spreadsheet
– A Word document or equivalent. Records must be in a table format, with a column for each field.
– As a last resort, on paper – but only if less than one hundred records, due to the time required to transfer to computer.
In all cases the important thing is to include the following information: species name, count (just digits), age/sex etc, locality, date (dd/mm/yyyy), comments.

Perth & Kinross Bird Report


Scott Paterson (email)

Latest issue:

The Perth & Kinross Bird Report was last published in 2006

Available from:

Scott Paterson (as above)

Back issues:

A PDF version of the Perth & Kinross Bird Reports issues 1998 to 2006, are available from Scott Paterson (as above). 

Perth & Kinross Bird Records Committee:


Mike Bell, Keith Brockie, David Douglas and Ken Shaw

Species that the committee considers:

Perth and Kinross Description Species List 2023

Bewick’s Swan
Bean Goose (Taiga & Tundra)
White-fronted Goose
Brent Goose
American Wigeon
Green-winged Teal
Red-crested Pochard
Ring-necked Duck
Common Scoter
Velvet Scoter
Long-tailed Duck
Great Northern Diver
Black-necked Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Storm Petrel
Leach’s Petrel
Great White Egret
Rough-legged Buzzard
Honey Buzzard
Spotted Crake
Little Ringed Plover
American Golden Plover
Buff-breasted Sandpiper
Pectoral Sandpiper
Temminck’s Stint
Little Stint
Grey Phalarope
Red-necked Phalarope
All Skuas
Sabine’s Gull
Glaucous Gull
Iceland Gull
Mediterranean Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Black Tern
Roseate Tern
All auks
Turtle Dove
Little Owl
Richard’s Pipit
Water Pipit
Black Redstart
Barred Warbler
Reed Warbler (away from Tay Reedbeds)
Icterine Warbler
‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff
Yellow-browed Warbler
Pallas’s Warbler
Red-breasted Flycatcher
Crested Tit
Marsh Tit
Willow Tit
Bearded Tit (away from Tay Reedbeds)
Great Grey Shrike
Red-backed Shrike
Hooded Crow
Rose-coloured Starling
Golden Oriole
Mealy Redpoll
Common Rosefinch
Snow Bunting
Lapland Bunting
Corn Bunting

And any other species, not considered by the BBRC or SBRC, which is very rare or scarce in Perth & Kinross.
Scottish rarities (i.e. those in capitals on the SBRC List) should also be sent to the Recorder, who will forward them to SBRC.

Kinross Bird Atlas

During the fieldwork for BirdAtlas 2007-11, data for the old county of Kinross were gathered from all of its 71 tetrads. The data are in the process of being mapped, eventually to be uploaded on to a CD. Contact Norman Elkins for details.

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