County Bird Recorder

As you will know, Richard Burness, our County Recorder, passed away unexpectedly on January 29th. With his experience as a birdwatcher and his unassuming personality, Richard earnt the gratitude and respect of the birding community and brought together and led a very effective Records Committee – he is sadly missed.

The BOC and NDOC are seeking to appoint a new County Recorder and we would welcome expressions of interest from suitably qualified people. The Recorder will be an experienced ornithologist with a knowledge of Berkshire’s habitats and birds. He/she will have good communications skills and be comfortable with handling large datasets, creating reports and editing them. A summary of the duties of the Recorder can be found on the BOC website. Expressions of interest are invited (before 30th April please): in the first instance please contact Robert Godden ( or Renton Righelato (Renton Righelato; tel 0787 981 2564) to discuss the role.

In the interim, Andy Horscroft, Secretary to the Berkshire Records Committee will be our acting Recorder to whom records can be sent,, together with supporting material where needed, at


Robert Godden