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The British List

The British List

White-rumped Swift, Hornsea Mere, Yorkshire, 14 October 2018 © James Lowen
Admitted to the British List in August 2019

The British List – the official list of birds recorded in Britain

The BOU maintains the British List, the official list of wild bird record in Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales and associated waters). The List is managed by the BOU’s Records Committee (BOURC).

Each species on the List is assigned to a species category. Only those species in Categories A, B and C form the British List.

As at 24 January 2020 the British List stands at 621 species.

From the 9th Edition (December 2017), the British List follows the IOC World Bird List (version 10.1).

Online resources and downloads

The British List – 9th Edition | Full checklist format December 2017
These checklist editions are only published every five or so years. Changes to the List between editions are published in BOURC reports and included in the simple list (see above).
Recommended citation:
British Ornithologists’ Union. 2017. The British List: A Checklist of Birds of Britain (9th edition). Ibis 160: 190-240.

The British List | Simple list form 24 January 2020
This list is maintained between full checklist editions (latest is 9th edition (December 2017) – see below) and include changes published in BOURC reports (up to and including the latest report – see here).

The British List | Excel spreadsheet 24 January 2020
Includes Excel version of the above ‘simple’ list, full taxon list format, Category D species, aggregates species and subspecies

Other resources
Species in Categories A, B & C
Species in Category D
Species in Category E
Category F (to follow)

The BOU and bird names

English and scientific names – 1923 to 2012 (Excel file download)
This page and linked files updated 20 December 2019

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