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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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Editorial Correspondence

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Become a Species Accounts Writer




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The London Bird Report is an annual publication for the London Bird Club at the LNHS. Each year, thousands of records collected from bird-watchers all over London are collated and published, alongside informative articles, written by expert birders from all walks of life. For each of the species recorded in London that year, the report outlines their current status in London and compares the records for this year with previous years, giving an indication of how their fortunes are changing from year to year. This is one of the annual publications that members of the London Natural History Society (LNHS) receive as part of their membership. You can also This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of the London Bird Report.

The London Bird Report has a team of over 30 volunteers who compile the species accounts that are at the heart of the LBR. We are looking for more writers to join the panel over the coming years, to strengthen the team and reduce the work for each writer. You do not need to be an expert but should be a fairly experienced bird-watcher with knowledge of the current status of birds in London or in the UK.

There are many benefits to becoming a species accounts writer: this is an opportunity to make a useful contribution that informs science and conservation; you will be recognised explicitly in the contents listing as a contributing writer with citable work; you will learn how to handle large volumes of data and learn to extract the highlights and finally, you will be part of a success story – the LBR was first published in 1936 and there have been 86 issues so far. If you’d like to be a part of the writing team at the LBR, please have a read through the LBR species accounts writers information and contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The LBR relies on people like you to observe and record what they see. We welcome all records of birds seen in the London area (with photos). Please contact the relevant LNHS recorders.  


2021 Issue 


This issue of the Report was published in May 2023 and includes papers on birds ringed and recovered in the London area, a theory about trends in the migration of Black-headed Gulls to London, a ten-year summary of foreign-ringed Black-headed Gulls, the Breeding Bird Survey for London, the Birds of Windsor Open Space, opportunities for youth birding in the London area, and Little Egrets in Wandle Park including the identification of individual birds. The report also gives a summary of the status of all birds that were reported in London in 2021.

Have a peek inside!