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 19 December 2019 the British List stands at 619 species.
From the 9th Edition (December 2017), the British List follows the IOC World Bird List (version 7.3 and subsequent updates).
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).
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 19 December 2019
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 19 December 2019
Includes Excel version of the above ‘simple’ list, full taxon list format, Category D species, aggregates species and subspecies