In 1993 SOC Council delegated to the Scottish Birds Records Committee (SBRC) responsibility for maintaining the Scottish List (a list of all species and subspecies of wild birds recorded in Scotland). In turn, SBRC 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 up to 5 occasions (Gordon & Clugston 1996). Subsequently, SBRC decided to expand this list to include all acceptable records of both species and subspecies recorded on up to 20 occasions (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 appeared on the SOC's website, a significant advantage being that the entire list of all records for such species and subspecies can be viewed together (Forrester 2014) and updated anually. The current update includes records from the British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee's 52nd Report published in 2021, the British Birds Rarities Committee's Report on rare birds in Great Britain in 2019 (Holt 2020) and SBRC's Report on rare birds in Scotland, 2019 (McInerny & McGowan 2021), which have been used to produce the Scottish List Subcommittee's 2021 Report (Forrester 2021).

The List

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