The members of the Berkshire Records Committee (February 2020) are:
- Adam Bassett
- Adrian Hickman
- Andy Horscroft (Secretary)
- Ken Moore
- Hugh Netley
- Marek Walford
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. The Berkshire Records Committee is subject to five yearly review by the BOC and NDOC.
The post of County Recorder, who normally chairs the Records Committee, is currently vacant following the sad death of Richard Burness in January 2020. For the time being Andy Horscroft, Secretary of the Nerkshire Records Committee, is our acting Recorder.
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.
Minutes of committee meetings from September 2018 are posted below: