Welcome to the London Bird Club
The London Bird Club is the ornithology section of the LNHS
The London Bird Report
This is an annual publication that the Society has produced since 1936, containing all the significant records during the year and various other papers. These papers can be site guides, reports about weather events affecting birds, or more specialist papers. The report is issued free to members of the Society, and can be purchased by non-members. Back copies are available - see our Publications page.
The Short Gazetteer of Sites (PDF) lists open spaces mentioned in the 2011 London Bird Report, but no longer lists the names of towns, villages, etc mentioned. The Full Gazetteer lists all these, (spreadsheet).
Records of rare and unusual species in the London Area are considered by our Rarities Committee before being included in the London Bird Report. Details of species for which notes or a description are needed are given in our Checklist and Guide (PDF or spreadsheet). We now have a list of records for these species: (Rarities_in_the_London_Area_up_to_LBR 2011_v1.doc). This has been drawn up from printed records in past copies of the London Bird Report up to LBR 2011. Please let us know if you spot any errors in this list, or if you have any suggestions for improving the list.
Bulletin of the London Bird Club
The Bulletin, issued quarterly to members with the LNHS Newsletter, gives an update of recent sightings, plus articles by London birders.
The London Bird Club organises a range of indoor meetings and field trips. Our indoor meetings cover a wide variety of topics, including bird identification, historical reviews of sites, and reports of foreign trips. They are listed in our Programme.
The Section's field trips range from mornings out in London at sites such as Regent’s Park, to day trips by coach to locations further afield. Most of these are to well-known reserves or other areas of importance for birds. Such areas generally have much of general natural history interest in addition to their birdlife. Write-ups of these trips are regularly published in the Newsletter. We offer plenty of events for beginners, as well and for more experienced birders - these are listed our Programme.
We also organise an ornithologicalthat circulates a series of magazines to members at reduced subscriptions.
All records of ornithological interest, from LNHS members and non-members alike, are welcomed by the Society's Ornithological Records Committee. However, with an ever-growing number of active birdwatchers in the London Area, it seems sensible to issue a guide to our requirements: the Checklist and Guide (PDF or spreadsheet) is the checklist of birds of the London Area in 2010 and a guide for contributors of ornithological records. Breeding criteria are included on page 10 of the PDF file.
This guide is not intended to be comprehensive, and contributors are asked to use their own guidance and common sense, but it does serve as a reference point for the type of records required.
The geographical area that we cover is divided into seven bird recording areas, or 'sectors'. (The boundaries of the sectors are more or less based on the original county boundaries). 'Inner London' consists of a rectangle based on Charing Cross. See Why collect records? for more information.
Bird recorders for the LNHS area
Essex: Roy Woodward 62C High Street, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN8 0AH.
London Bird Club Contacts
Chair: David Darrell-Lambert
Volunteers wanted for Breeding Bird Survey
The BTO/JNCC/RSPB Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) is the main scheme for monitoring the population changes of the UK's common breeding birds. Volunteers undertake two visits each spring to a 1km square to record the birds they see and hear.
Results are produced at a national level and also for each of the government regions. BBS Results are produced annually by the BTO for the London government region and a summary of these results is included in the London Bird Report.
London trends are currently only produced for a small number of species, and by increasing the number of squares covered, we will be able to report on more species in the future. The map links for North London and South London (tba.) show squares that are currently available. Are you able to help cover any of the available squares? Please contact your BTO rep if you can help or would like more information about the survey:
The Bird Atlas Project
We currently have two message boards (sometimes called newsgroups or e-groups), intended as on-line forums where members can exchange information and news. LNHS Members is a general forum, and LNHS Invertebrates is a specialist forum about invertebrates. Only current members of the LNHS who have paid the appropriate annual subscription can join these message boards. For more information about how to join go to our page.
There is another Yahoo message board for the London area which many LNHS members participate in. This is independent, so you don't have to be an LNHS member to join, but you will still have to be registered with Yahoo and apply to the moderator of the group. For details see London Birders.
There are more ornithology links on our
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Photos: Marsh Warbler, Dominic Mitchell; Hobby: David Darrell-Lambert; Cormorant: Mick Massie;