Marek Walford

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Today's bird news

Burghfield GPs: 4 Nightingale, 12 Cetti's Warbler, 2 Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warbler, 1 Whitethroat, 37 Blackcap, 13 Chiffchaff. Dinton Pastures CP: 2 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 4 Snipe, 2 Common Tern, 3 Cuckoo, 1 Nightingale, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 1 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler. Reading: 5 Red Kite, 1 Long-tailed Tit. Swinley Forest: 2 Red Kite, 1 Buzzard, 1 Cuckoo, 1 Tree Pipit, 4 Redstart, 1 Stonechat, 1 Wheatear, 4 Willow Warbler, 1 Pied Flycatcher, 3 Lesser Redpoll, 1 Common Crossbill. Theale GPs: 1 Common Sandpiper, 2 Mediterranean Gull, 2 Sedge Warbler, 1 Reed Warbler.

Recent highlights

Great Northern Diver: Lower Farm GP (15/04). Black-necked Grebe: Lower Farm GP (17/04), Theale GPs (13/04). Garganey: Moor Copse, Tidmarsh (12/04). Ring-necked Duck: Lower Farm GP (18/04), Woolhampton GP (12/04). Hen Harrier: Burghfield GPs (12/04). Avocet: Queen Mother Reservoir (15/04), Lower Farm GP (09/04). Black-tailed Godwit: Moor Green Lakes (13/04). Sandwich Tern: Queen Mother Reservoir (15/04). Black Redstart: Moor Green Lakes (15/04). Ring Ouzel: Combe Gibbet (18/04), Greenham Common (16/04), Inkpen Hill (15/04). Pied Flycatcher: Swinley Forest (19/04). Hawfinch: Stanford Dingley (13/04).

Latest news

Location, location, location

When it comes to the analysis of records in the database there are several parameters that are critical to the integrity and value of each record. What species is it? How many were there? Were they calling, singing, nesting? Who saw it? Where is it?

30th January 2018 | Richard Burness

Berkshire Records Committee

The Berkshire Records Committee (BRC) is tasked with the review and adjudication of descriptions submitted to support records of rare or scarce species reported in the county.

31st December 2017 | Richard Burness

The IOC and the Berkshire List

In January 2017 the BOU announced that they would be adopting the IOC taxonomy from January 2018. The only species on the Berkshire list that this will affect is Bean Goose, which the IOC split into two species: Taiga Bean Goose and Tundra Bean Goose.

2nd December 2017 | Marek Walford