County Bird Recorder

Our County Recorder, Chris Heard, has decided to stand down from the role after twelve years of valuable service. Chris, with his renowned expertise in the field and extensive experience in record adjudication, both locally and nationally, has made an outstanding contribution to ornithology in Berkshire. He chaired the Berkshire Records Committee (BRC) and edited the Annual Report as well as finding numerous rare birds, including many new species for the County.  We are grateful for all that he has done and very much hope that he will continue to offer his experience and advice to the BRC.

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 15th August please): in the first instance please contact Neil Bucknell ( or Renton Righelato (; tel 0787 981 2564) to discuss the role.

Records for the County Recorder, together with any supporting material where needed, should continue to be sent to

In due course, the Clubs will consult the Berkshire Records Committee on the appointment of a new chair; for the time being, Ken Moore, appointed by the BRC as Chris Heard’s deputy, will assume responsibility for its management. Email: tel 0784 142 9214.