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BOURC – its work and its members

The BOU Records Committee (BOURC) is appointed by the Council of the BOU. Its members come from a diverse background of ornithology and birding and includes a Chairman and Secretary, and the Chairman of British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC).

The Committee is a well-balanced team of birders with international ornithological and birding experience and knowledge, and includes both professional and amateur ornithologists. Skills of individual members include detailed knowledge of bird distribution, taxonomy, statistics, the wild bird trade, genetics and historical research. Expertise in bird identification and vagrancy is also extremely important. The ability to handle regular batches of paperwork, often of a detailed and complex nature, and to do so promptly and reliably, are key qualities. The work is entirely voluntary and unpaid.

See also

Maintaining the British List
The official British List
Taxonomy and the British List



Andrew Harrop (Rutland & Shetland), Chairman
Chris McInerny (University of Glasgow), Secretary
Dawn Balmer (BTO)
Andy Brown (Natural England)
Steve Dudley (ex officio, BOU Senior Administrator)*
Paul French (ex officio, BBRC Chairman)
James Gilroy (Norfolk)
Andy Musgrove (BTO)
Jimmy Steele (Northumberland)
Andrew Stoddart (Norfolk)

* does not vote on files


Andrew Owen (Chester Zoo – captive bird consultant)
Bob McGowan (Nation Museum Scotland – museum consultant)
Keith Naylor (Historical records consultant)

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