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The British List

Recent announcements

Changes to the British List (Mar 2017) View
Wood Duck (moved from Category E* to Category D) and Desert Finch (remains in Category E).

Changes to the British List (Jan 2017) View
Subspecies ‘Caspian’ Reed Warbler Acrocephalus scirpaceus fuscus and ‘Iberian’ Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava iberiae admitted to the List.

BOU to adopt the IOC World Bird List (Jan 2017) View

Changes to the British List (Dec 2016) View
Acadian Flycatcher and Chestnut Bunting admitted to Category A; subspecies ‘Eastern’ Subalpine Warbler Sylvia cantillans cantillans admitted to the List.

BOURC 46th report published in IBIS (Dec 2016) View

Andrew Harrop appointed Chairman of BOURC (Nov 2016) View

Adoption of a global taxonomy (Aug 2016) View

Changes to the British List (Chinese Pond Heron, Slaty-backed Gull and Mugimaki Flycatcher) (July 2016) View

Dawn Balmer and Andy Stoddart join BOURC (May 2016) View

Subspecies Azorean Yellow-legged Gull Larus michahelis atlantis admitted to the British List (May 2016) View

Lesser Canada Goose admitted to the British List (March 2016) View

Yelkouan Shearwater admitted as the 600th species on the British List (February 2016) View

BOURC 45th Report (January 2016) View
Changes to the British List inc. adoption of the taxonomic recommendations in the BOURC TSC’s 10th report, Northern Harrier, Northern Goshawk, Iceland Gull, Isabelline Shrike, Marbled Duck, plus other files currently in circulation.

Changes to the British List (Marbled Duck, Thayer’s Gull, Daurian Shrike) (September 2015) View

BOURC 44th Report (April 2015) View
Changes to the British List inc. Milton’s Subalpine Warbler and erratum to the 43rd report.

BOURC 43rd Report (January 2015) View
Changes to the British List inc. adoption of the taxonomic recommendations in the BOURC TSC’s 10th report, Alder Flycatcher, Grasshopper Warbler, Black Redstart, Siberian Stonechat, Caspian Gill, Barn Owl, Pale-legged Leaf Warbler, Black-headed Bunting plus other files currently in circulation.

Slender-billed Curlew removed from the British List (December 2013) View

Taxonomic changes to Western Palearctic birds (November 2014) View

Changes to the British List (Alder Flycatcher, Eastern Grasshopper Warbler, Eastern Black Redstart, ‘Stejneger’s’ Siberian Stonechat) (September 2014) View

BOURC 42nd Report (January 2014) View
Changes to the British List inc. adoption of the taxonomic recommendations in the BOURC TSC’s 9th report, White-winged Scoter, Slender-billed Curlew, Red-rumped Swallow, Long-tailed Tit, Subalpine Warbler, European Stonechat, plus other files currently in circulation.

White-winged Scoter and ‘Asian’ Red-rumped Swallow admitted to the British List (September 2013) View

BOURC 41st Report (January 2013) View
Changes to the British List inc. adoption of the taxonomic recommendations in the BOURC TSC’s 8th report, Madeiran Storm Petrel, Yellow Wagtail,Mealy Redpoll, Western Capercaillie, Siberian Stonechat, transatlantic vagrants plus other files currently in circulation.

8th Taxonomic Report (September 2012) View
Taxonomic recommendation for the British List.

BOURC 40th Report (October 2011) View
Changes to the British List inc. adoption of the taxonomic recommendations in the BOURC TSC’s 7th report, Madeiran Storm Petrel, Ring Ouzel and Common Redstart plus other files currently in circulation.

BOURC 39th Report (October 2010) View
Changes to the British List inc. Greater Canada Goose, Amur Falcon, Tufted Puffin, Eastern Crowned Warbler, Pied Flycatcher (sibirica), Citril Finch, Lesser Sand Plover, White-throated Sparrow plus files under consideration, Category D review and other items recently considered.

Changes to Category A (September 2010) View
inc. Amur Falcon, Lesser Sand Plover, Tufted Puffin, Eastern Crowned Warbler, ‘Siberian’ Pied Flycatcher, Citril FInch

BOURC appointments (July 2010) View

The Eagle Owl in Britain (February 2010) View
This paper was originally published in British Birds in September 2008 outlining the BOU’s official position on the species. BB placed the paper free to view online in Feb 2010 to allow those viewing the World Owl Trust article to read our BB paper and see how badly the BOU has been misrepresented in the WOT article.

BOURC 38th Report (October 2009) View
Includes change to sequence of grebes (TSC 5th report) and passerines (TSC 6th report), Baikal Teal, Pacific Diver, Yellow-nosed Albatross, Eskimo Curlew, American Herring Gull, Glaucous-winged Gull, Northern Hawk Owl, Yellow Wagtail (beema), White Wagtail (leucopsis), Asian Brown Flycatcher, Brown Shrike, Isabelline Shrike (phoenicuroides), Category D review (inc. White Pelican, Mugimaki Flycatcher, Daurian Starling, Red-headed Bunting).

6th Taxonomic Report (December 2009) View

Review of Category D species (September 2009) View

Changes to Category A (July 2009) View
Includes Pacific Diver, Yellow-nosed Albatross, Glaucous-winged Gull, Amur Wagtail, Asian Brown Flycatcher and Brown Shrike.

Wilson’s Snipe (September 2008) View

Great Blue Heron (July 2008) View

Hooded Merganser (June 2008) View

Olive-tree Warbler (October 2007) View

Magnificent Frigatebird (July 2007) View

Long-billed Murrelet (May 2007) View

Chestnut-eared Bunting (December 2006) View

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