London Natural History Society The place for wildlife in London

London Natural History Society - The place for wildlife in London
Through our many field meetings and indoor meetings we provide opportunities for our members to develop and extend their their knowledge of London's diverse bird life. These include plenty of events that are suitable for beginners.

For many years we have been collecting and publishing a significant body of information, records and scientific papers about London's birds in our annual London Bird Report.

All records of ornithological interest, from LNHS members and non-members alike, are welcomed by the London Bird Club Records Committee. The records are also used to compile the annual London Bird Report.


1. RECORDS SUBMISSION

There are four ways in which you can submit your records.

Method 1: Going Birding Records Portal

Our preference is that you use the on-line recording facilities provided for the club by Going Birding. You can view the latest sightings here http://www.goingbirding.co.uk/london/birdnews.asp and use the links on that page to sign up so that you can submit your records.

Interesting records are shared more widely via the LBC Twitter account (@LondonBirdClub) and the London Birders Yahoo account. Seehttps://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/londonbirders/info.

Method 2: BTO’s BirdTrack

Alternatively, we can take records from the BTO’s BirdTrack system, but please use the site names, listed in our Gazetteer (spreadsheet). Note that the default setting in BirdTrack will not make your records available. You need to log in to BirdTrack and check the option ‘My details & settings’. At the bottom of that page, if it says ‘You have asked us not to forward your records to local bird recorders’, then we will not be able to obtain your records. You cannot alter this setting directly. You need to email BirdTrack and ask them to change this.

Method 3: Excel file to LNHS Bird Recorders

You can also send your records to one of the LNHS Bird Recorders (see below). Please download and save the LNHS Bird Recording Form and use it to enter your records. The first line of the spreadsheet has been completed as an example.

Method 4: LBC Wiki

Finally, you can enter records onto the LBC Wiki (http://londonbirders.wikia.com/wiki/LatestNews), but we will take records from there only if you have sent your email address to the LBC Data Manager (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), so that we can contact you to resolve any problems. If you do use the Wiki, then please use the suggested format which can be read by a clever piece of IT. (Otherwise LBC volunteers need to reformat the data which is time consuming.) Also please use the site names in our Gazetteer (spreadsheet).


2. HELPING THE LBC VOLUNTEERS

Every year, a significant amount of time is spent by the volunteers working on the LBC’s Rarities Committee and the London Bird Report. It will help us a lot if you can remember the following.

  • Use your actual observer name (not a social media handle or alias, however well-known your ‘brand name’ is).
  • Ensure we can contact you by email. (If you registered to a records portal, the email is available.)
  • Use standard names in the Gazetteer of sites uses by the London Bird Club.
  • Note the helpful information in the section below on details to provide and information on sensitive records.

3. HELPFUL INFORMATION

The Checklist Guide Breeding Criteria (PDF), and Checklist Guide (spreadsheet) contain the checklist of birds of the London Area in 2016 and a guide for contributors of ornithological records. Breeding criteria are included on page 10 of the PDF file. This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, and contributors are asked to use their own guidance and common sense, but it does serve as a reference point for the type of records required.

The geographical area that we cover is divided into seven bird recording areas, or 'sectors'. (The boundaries of the sectors are more or less based on the original county boundaries). 'Inner London' consists of a rectangle based on Charing Cross. See The story of the cockney sparrow for more information.

Site names, including the names of towns, villages, open spaces, etc., are listed in our Gazetteer (spreadsheet). Please use these site names, when sending in records. If you need to send in details from a site that is not listed in the Gazetteer, please give an OS Grid Reference and relevant background information about the site.

4. BIRD SIGHTINGS

Interesting records are shared more widely via the LBC Twitter account (@LondonBirdClub ). Search Twitter using the hashtag #londonbirds for tweets relevant to the London area.

The London Birders Yahoo account also carries current sightings and is widely used by birders to see what is about. See https://uk.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/londonbirders/info.

5. GET INVOLVED

Would you would like to sharpen your skills as a birder, and have a citable piece of work as one of the 20 plus writers of the annual London Bird Report? See this link for more information. http://www.lnhs.org.uk/index.php/publications/lbr-writers.