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2018 Decisions

All 2018 decisions by the Records Committee can be viewed in spreadsheet form here. As usual, a few records were considered to be Not Proven; this is almost always because the description submitted did not fully rule out other similar species. Please consider when submitting descriptions whether you have satisfactorily ruled out all other confusion species, in some cases including rarer species which may occur!

Breeding Birds

If you are fortunate enough to find a rare breeding bird please think carefully about who you share the news with. The first point of contact for any new discovery of a rare breeding bird in Leicestershire & Rutland should be the Bird Recorder (temporary email Then if need be I can try and take any action that may be required, such as informing the landowner and negotiating with them to ensure that the birds are not disturbed by their activities. Of course many scarce and rare breeding bird sites are known to many of you, but I still urge you to avoid publicising the whereabouts of known Schedule 1 breeding birds.

During the breeding season I would treat two birds together of the same species as potential breeders, especially if they are clearly male and female. Remember the welfare of the bird comes before year ticks or county ticks. As a result everyone should understand that from time to time there might be a need for secrecy. Also remember that birds such as Corn Bunting, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Turtle Dove and Willow Tit are now very rare breeding birds in the county. It is over a year since the last confirmed sighting of a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, so it may no longer be a resident breeding bird.

A list of rare breeding birds which should be kept confidential can be found here (Word file).


The number of records we are receiving has dropped slightly over the last few months. Whatever the reason is, please try and rekindle a bit of enthusiasm for recording your sightings. All records are important to us and with that in mind I have decided to drop the thresholds that were set for some of the common species. That way hopefully everyone can get involved. We don’t just want records of rare birds. It is disappointing to report that not one record has been received from any of the new members who have joined the Society in 2017 and so far in 2018. Please don’t hesitate to ask Brian Moore if you need help in setting yourself up to send your records to us. For information on recording please go to:

Can I also remind everyone that, although we do our best to capture all the records we can, it is down to you all to make sure your records are received and entered into the database. Just sending a message via WhatsApp will not guarantee your sighting makes it in to the Annual Report. It certainly won’t enter the records if you don’t identify yourself fully!

Many thanks to all those who continue to send in records.

Carl Baggott
County Bird Recorder

Location, location, location!

In cases where photos or sound recordings are the sole proof of the identification of a bird (particularly in the case of sound recordings) these must be accompanied by satisfactory proof that the photos/recordings were obtained where they are claimed to have been obtained. This may take the form of additional photos clearly showing an identifiable location, or ideally files tagged with location information, which is possible with most modern imaging/recording equipment.

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