Records Committee News
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!
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 email@example.com).
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
if you need help in setting yourself up to send your records to us. For
information on recording please go to: http://www.lros.org.uk/birdrecording.htm.
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.