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London Bird Report

The London Bird Report is published annually and sent free to members. Current issues can be purchased separately. A standing order facility for receiving The London Naturalist and The London Bird Report on publication with an invoice is available.

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Editorial Correspondence

Full instructions to contributors are given inside the back cover of each journal. To enquire about submitting content for a future edition of a journal please email the editor: current details are given on the contact us page.

Photography Ethical Policy

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LBR2018 front cover LBR2017 front cover LBR2016 front cover Great Northern Diver at King George VI Reservoir. (Andrew Moon)


Chair of Editorial Board  
Pete Lambert  
Members of the Board  
Chair of Rarities Committee Bob Watts
Data Manager Roger Payne
Editors, Birds of the London Area Derek Coleman, Sally MIddleton & Ian Woodward
Editor, Papers Liz Andrew
Editor, Photographs Jonathan Lethbridge
Editor, Remaining Sections Pete Lambert & Mike Trier
Production Manager Gus Wilson
Other members John Archer
Designers Nigel Partridge & Mike Trier


Rarities Committee
Chairman: Bob Watts
Members of the Committee
John Archer, Richard Bonser, Rob Innes, Sean Huggins, Andrew Moon, and Andrew Self


Bird Recorders
London Recorder Andrew Self
Bucks Andrew Moon
Essex Roy Woodward
Herts Roger Payne
Inner London Richard Bonser
Kent John Archer
Middlesex Sean Huggins
Surrey Vacant

LBR Species Section Writers
The section writers for LBR 2018 are listed below. Note they are also listed in the contents page of the LBR.
 Alex Massey
 Magnus Andersson
 Dave Bradshaw
 Bob Watts
 Ian Woodward
 Paul Goodman
 Sean Huggins
 Eleanor Johnstone
 Quentin Given
 Roy Woodward
 Andrew Self
 Richard Bonser
 Rachel Brady
 John Colmans
 Gerry Rawcliffe
 Andrew Moon
 Peter Newmark
 Thomas Wingfield
 Tim Harris
 Pete Lambert
 Sally Middleton
 Chetna Vaghela
 Dave Panchaud
 Rhys Evans
 Alan Lewis
 Angela Linnell
 Dave Clarke
 Roger Payne

The LBR Editorial Board Summary of Roles

Chair of Editorial Board, Pete Lambert

To have overall responsibility for each report. To oversee progress of each report and to manage deadlines and contributions to the report. To write the introduction to each report.

Chair of Rarities Committee, Bob Watts

To provide decisions of the Rarities Committee to the Editorial Board.

Data Manager, Roger Payne
To collect and validate data for each report. To produce the annual dataset for each report. To produce the annual lists of rare birds, contributors and first and last dates. To liaise with GiGL and Sector Recorders on all data matters.
Editor, Birds of the London Area, Derek Coleman, Sally Middleton & Ian Woodward

To commission writers for this section of the report. To update background notes, templates and guidance for writers. To provide relevant data and materials to the writers. To edit writers’ completed sections and produce Birds of London section. 

Editor,  Remaing Sections

To check site details of records, locate new sites and update gazetteer. To update miscellaneous front-matter and other elements of the LBR not specified elsewhere (for example, Contents, Notes for Contributors and so on). To commission the Review of the Year and ensure ready on time. 

Editor, Photography, Jonathan Lethbridge

To be responsible for all aspects of sourcing, selecting, preparing and captioning photographs for use within the main part of the LBR, and also on the covers.

Editor, Papers, Liz Andrew

To commission and edit papers, and produce graphics as required. To produce draft layouts of papers including photographs and graphics to assess length. To schedule papers for each report to fit within page allocation. 

Designer, Nigel Partridge with Mike Trier 
To commission and lay out illustrations within the systematic list and within other sections if/as appropriate; to liaise with other members of the Editorial Board on design matters as required; and to produce press-ready PDFs of the report to send to the printers.
Production Manager, Gus Wilson

To obtain quotes for printing the journal to our specification from supplied press-ready PDF files. To be responsible for the printing and distribution of each report.

Sector Recorder representative, John Archer

To provide a Recorder's view to the Editorial Board.


London Bird Report: Species Section Writers

The London Bird Report has a team of more than 25 volunteers who compile the species accounts which are at the heart of the LBR. We are looking for up to 10 more writers to join the panel to further share the work, improve turn-around times and to continue strengthening the panel of writers. It is a good way to make a useful contribution, be part of a success story and be recognised explicitly on the contents listing as a contributing writer. Writing a section or part of a section is not only enjoyable but is also useful skills development as it attunes you to digest information and extract highlights for a wider readership. You do not need to be an expert birder, but will need to be someone who does go out bird watching at least from time to time and the sort of person who will enjoy browsing through the LBR. The current work load per writer is estimated to take one or two whole week-ends (less for the more experienced writers). Writers are given 6 weeks to complete their sections. In the future the amount of work per writer may reduce with more writers being recruited. Past copies of the LBR are available online. If you are interested, please get in touch with the Chairman, Pete Lambert.