Records Committee (BOURC)

The BOU Records Committee (BOURC) is responsible for maintaining the British List, the official list of birds recorded in Britain.

Members are appointed by the Council of the BOU and come from a diverse background of ornithology and birding and includes a Chairman and Secretary, and the Chairman of British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC).

The Committee is a well-balanced team of birders with international ornithological and birding experience and knowledge, and includes both professional and amateur ornithologists. Skills of individual members include detailed knowledge of bird distribution, taxonomy, statistics, the wild bird trade, genetics and historical research. Expertise in bird identification and vagrancy is also extremely important. The ability to handle regular batches of paperwork, often of a detailed and complex nature, and to do so promptly and reliably, are key qualities. The work is entirely voluntary and unpaid.

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Chair
Dr James Gilroy (University of East Anglia)

Secretary
Dr Chris McInerny (University of Glasgow)

Members
Dawn Balmer (BTO)
Chris Batty (Lancashire)
Pierre-André Crochet (Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive, France)
Steve Dudley (BOU Chief Operations Officer)
Paul French (ex officio, Chairman BBRC)
Dr Alex Lees (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Andrew Stoddart (Norfolk)

BOURC Category F Sub-committee (CFS)
Prof Umberto Albarella
Jo Cooper (British Museum)
Dr Dale Serjeantson
Dr John Stewart

BOURC Consultants
Dr Bob McGowan (National Museums of Scotland, museums consultant)
Keith Naylor (historical records consultant)
Andrew Owen (Chester Zoo, captive bird trade consultant).

Meet the members of our Records Committee

Nominations for this committee: currently closed.