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.
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 (see Bird Recording, below). We now have a list of records for these species (Rarities). This has been drawn up from printed records in past copies of the London Bird Report up to LBR 2014. Please let us know if you spot any errors in this list, or if you have any suggestions for improving the list.
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.
London Birding Highlights
View some of the recent highlights of London birding on this page.
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 Guide Breeding Criteria (PDF), and Checklist Guide (spreadsheet) is the checklist of birds of the
London Area in 2014 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.
Bird recorders for the LNHS area
Essex: Roy Woodward 62C High Street, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN8 0AH
London Bird Club Contacts
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.
A number of LNHS members put their sightings on theThis too is independent of the LNHS, and many recent sightings can be found on the site.
Special Access to Thames Water Sites
We have an arrangement with Thames Water to license our members to use some of their sites. Approval is in place for the Queen Mary Reservoir at Ashford, with access to other sites in the pipeline. Full details on how to obtain an access permit are provided in.
There are more ornithology links on our
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Photos: Marsh Warbler, Dominic Mitchell; Hobby: David Darrell-Lambert; Cormorant: Mick Massie;