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London Bird Report

The London Bird Report is published annually and sent free to members. Current issues can be purchased separately. A standing order facility for receiving The London Naturalist and The London Bird Report on publication with an invoice is available.

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Become a Species Accounts Writer





LBR2016 front cover Great Northern Diver at King George VI Reservoir. (Andrew Moon) LBR2014 cover LBR2013cover


Chair of Editorial Board  
Pete Lambert  
Members of the Board  
Chair of Rarities Committee Bob Watts
Data Manager Roger Payne
Editor, Birds of the London Area Vacant
Editor, General Vacant
Editor, Papers Mike Trier
Editor, Photographs Jonathan Lethbridge
Production Manager Gus Wilson
Other members John Archer
Designers Nigel Partridge & Mike Trier


Rarities Committee
Chairman: Bob Watts
Members of the Committee
John Archer, Richard Bonser, Rob Innes, Sean Huggins, Andrew Moon, and Andrew Self


Bird Recorders
London Recorder Andrew Self
Bucks Andrew Moon
Essex Roy Woodward
Herts Roger Payne
Inner London Richard Bonser
Kent John Archer
Middlesex Sean Huggins
Surrey David Campbell

LBR Species Section Writers
The section writers for LBR 2015 are listed below. Note they are also listed in the contents page of the LBR.
 Alex Massey
 Pete Lambert
 Dave Bradshaw
 Bob Watts
 Ian Woodward
 Roy Beddard
 Andrew Moon
 Quentin Given
 Roy Woodward
 Andrew Self
 Richard Bonser
 David Campbell
 John Colmans
 Paul Goodman
 Tim Harris
 Peter Newmark
 Sean Huggins
 Paul Whiteman
 Derek Coleman
 Alan Lewis
 Angela Linnell
 Anthony Stones

The LBR Editorial Board Summary of Roles

Chair of Editorial Board, Pete Lambert

To have overall responsibility for each report. To oversee progress of each report and to manage deadlines and contributions to the report. To write the introduction to each report.

Chair of Rarities Committee, Bob Watts

To provide decisions of the Rarities Committee to the Editorial Board.

Data Manager, Roger Payne
To collect and validate data for each report. To produce the annual dataset for each report. To produce the annual lists of rare birds, contributors and first and last dates. To liaise with GiGL and Sector Recorders on all data matters.
Editor, Birds of the London Area, Vacant

To commission writers for this section of the report. To update background notes, templates and guidance for writers. To provide relevant data and materials to the writers. To edit writers’ completed sections and produce Birds of London section. 

Editor, General, Vacant

To check site details of records, locate new sites and update gazetteer. To update miscellaneous front-matter and other elements of the LBR not specified elsewhere (for example, Contents, Notes for Contributors and so on). To commission the Review of the Year and ensure ready on time. 

Editor, Photography, Jonathan Lethbridge

To be responsible for all aspects of sourcing, selecting, preparing and captioning photographs for use within the main part of the LBR, and also on the covers.

Editor, Papers, Mike Trier

To commission and edit papers, and produce graphics as required. To produce draft layouts of papers including photographs and graphics to assess length. To schedule papers for each report to fit within page allocation. 

Designer, Mike Trier with Nigel Partridge

To commission and lay out illustrations within the systematic list and within other sections if/as appropriate; to liaise with other members of the Editorial Board on design matters as required; and to produce press-ready PDFs of the report to send to the printers.

Production Manager, Gus Wilson

To obtain quotes for printing the journal to our specification from supplied press-ready PDF files. To be responsible for the printing and distribution of each report.

Sector Recorder representative, John Archer

To provide a Recorders view to the Editorial Board.


Editor, Birds of the London Area

It is not often that vacancies arise in the LBR Editorial Board, which carries with it a certain element of prestige. The London Bird Report (LBR) is an outstanding example of an annual, ornithological publication which has been published since 1937 with 80 issues to date. It is a handsome 256 page, full colour publication and counts amongst its editorial board some of the best known birding names in and around London. The authoritative publication brings together the efforts of professional ornithologists and casual bird watchers to produce an annual distillation of bird records in the recording area of the London Natural History Society (a 20 mile radius of St Pauls Cathedral).

The core of the LBR are the species accounts in (taxonomic order) written by a team of volunteers, who divide the work up between them. They use the records submitted by hundreds of observers. A stable and long serving team of volunteers write the species accounts. The ‘Birds of London Editor’ coordinates this team effort and will edit where necessary to ensure the compilations conform to a consistent house style.

You do not need to be an expert birder. Nor are you expected to be familiar with the hundreds of sites in the London area frequented by birders. But you would need to be someone who is a keen bird watcher and has some familiarity with London. You need writing skills, be an organised person and enjoy coordinating a team of volunteer writers.

If you would like more information on the vacant role, please contact Pete Lambert the Chair of the Editorial Board by email. He has chaired the Editorial Board for the London Bird Reports since it was set up in September 2010. The incoming role holder will be working with both compilers of species accounts and LBR Board Members who have been serving for many years and can count on their support and experience to ease into the role.


London Bird Report: Species Section Writers

The London Bird Report has a team of nearly 25 volunteers who compiles the species accounts which are at the heart of the LBR. We are looking for up to 10 more writers to join the panel to further share the work, improve turn-around times and to continue strengthening the panel of writers. It is a good way to make a useful contribution, be part of a success story and be recognised explicitly on the contents listing as a contributing writer. Writing a section or part of a section is not only enjoyable but is also useful skills development as it attunes you to digest information and extract highlights for a wider readership. You do not need to be an expert birder, but will need to be someone who does go out bird watching at least from time to time and the sort of person who will enjoy browsing through the LBR. The current work load per writer is estimated to take around a whole week-end (less for the more experienced writers). Writers are given 6 weeks to complete their sections. In the future the amount of work per writer may reduce with more writers being recruited. Past copies of the LBR are available online. If you are interested, please get in touch with the Chairman, Pete Lambert.


LBR Board Roles - Deputies

Vacancies rarely arise in the London Bird Report Editorial Board. For a number of good reasons, skilled people who take these roles on like to hold onto them. This is quite a desirable result as it would be difficult for us if there was too much turnover. However, if there is a London Bird Report Board member role for which you have the skills, please get in touch with the Chairman, Pete Lambert. We are open to the role holders sharing the work where possible with Deputies to lighten the work load and also to build increased capacity and resilience in the team.