Berkshire Records Committee

The members of the Berkshire Records Committee (October 2016) are:

  • Richard Burness (County Recorder), Convenor
  • Derek Barker
  • Robin Dryden
  • Chris Heard
  • Ken Moore
  • Peter Standley

The Berkshire Records Committee’s prime responsibility is for maintaining the scientific integrity of the records held in the County Bird Records Database. It reviews records of rarer species and publishes its adjudications in the Birds of Berkshire Annual Report. The constitution and procedures of the BRC can be viewed here.

Species for which notes or descriptions are required fall into 3 categories: (Category 1) Nationally rare species for which records first have to be accepted by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC); (Category 2) Locally rare species for which a full description is required (these includes all former BBRC rarities); (Category  3) Locally scarce species (or commoner species seen at an unusual time of year or exceptional circumstances) for which short supporting notes are required.

The Berkshire Records Committee is subject to five yearly review by the BOC and NDOC.