Society welcomes all records of birds in Leicestershire and Rutland, including
breeding records, counts, first and last dates of migrants, visible migration
records, interesting behavioural notes and occurrences of unusual species.
By sending in records of your sightings, you are taking the first vital
step towards helping to protect birds. Accurate information is crucial
to conservationists for drawing up strategies on how to conserve birds
and their environment. LROS records and surveys help to identify key changes
in population, preferred sites or habitats.
For a better idea of exactly what to record, please download the following
two files: Required Records
(Excel file), and Guidelines
for Submitting Records (Word file), which explains the terms
used in the Excel spreadsheet in more detail.
We are now able to accept records via e-mail, but they MUST be submitted
in the correct format. To download the LROSRecorder program, RIGHT
click here, and select 'save target as' - Save the file to
My Documents, then double click to set up the program.
When and where to send your records
In order that your records can appear in the LROS newsletter, please email
them no later than the 6th of the following month. E-mail the saved worksheet
to Ken Goodrich at firstname.lastname@example.org (please remember
to mention any additional sites you have used during the month).
Problems or queries
If you encounter any problems, please contact Ken Goodrich
either by e-mail or telephone (0116 2674813).
All records submitted to LROS, in any form, are made available to the
Leicestershire and Rutland Environmental Records Centre for use in applications
such as planning and environmental decision-making, education, research
and other public benefit uses. Please take a few moments to read this
short piece on how your records are used and what details are kept
on the LRERC database (Rich Text file - should open in any word processing
application such as Word).
Whilst we encourage everyone to use the electronic recording process,
we recognise that not everyone will want to do so, and we will continue
to accept records on the traditional record slips. These are self-explanatory,
but please write clearly (especially your name, including any middle initials
if you have them). If a record involves more than one species, please
fill out a slip for each relevant species. The preferred way to submit
your records is to send them, at the end of each
Andy Howes, 13
New Forest Close, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2RW, to arrive by the 6th of
the following month. Further supplies of record slips can also
be obtained from Andy Howes (please include a stamped addressed envelope)
or click here
to download a printable page of record slips (14.5 KB Excel file).
separate Rarity Report Form is required for certain species or under certain
circumstances. If you find a species on the list below, you will be required
to describe the bird so that the Records Committee can check the record.
The reason that the Society, in line with all other local bird clubs and
the national British Birds Rarities Committee, requires descriptions of
unusual species is so that they can be verified as correctly identified,
and thus ensure the quality of our official records. It is essential to
document the occurrence of rarer species as fully as possible for the
use of future birders. In some cases, a genuine mistake may have been
made, but please don't worry if any of your records are not accepted;
everyone, even the supposed experts, will make a mistake from time to
time. The form asks you to describe the circumstances in which you saw
the bird, but the greater part should describe as accurately as possible
the size, shape and plumage of the bird, and any distinctive actions,
calls, or song. You can download a printable Rarity Report Form (Word
file) here, or send for further copies
from the County Recorder,
Species for which a description is always required
'British Birds' rarities;
Any County first;
Migrants more than a week earlier or later than the previous extreme dates;
Bean Goose, American Wigeon, Green-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, Ferruginous
Duck, Lesser Scaup, Eider, Velvet Scoter, Red Grouse, Black Grouse, Red-throated
Diver, Black-throated Diver, Fulmar, Manx Shearwater, Storm Petrel, Leach’s
Petrel, Night-heron, Cattle Egret, Purple Heron, White Stork, Glossy Ibis,
Honey-buzzard, Black Kite, White-tailed Eagle, Hen Harrier, Montagu’s
Harrier, Goshawk, Rough-legged Buzzard, Golden Eagle, Spotted Crake, Corncrake,
Crane, Stone-curlew, American Golden Plover, Kentish Plover, Dotterel,
Temminck's Stint, Purple Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Buff-breasted
Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, all phalaropes, Arctic Skua, Pomarine Skua,
Long-tailed Skua, all auks, White-winged Black Tern, Roseate Tern, Sabine's
Gull, Ring-billed Gull, Alpine Swift, Hoopoe, Bee-eater, Wryneck, Red-footed
Falcon, Golden Oriole, all shrikes, Hooded Crow, Woodlark, Shore Lark,
Red-rumped Swallow, Greenish Warbler, Yellow-browed Warbler, Icterine
Warbler, Marsh Warbler, Rose-coloured Starling, Dipper, Bluethroat, Citrine
Wagtail, Richard’s Pipit, Water Pipit, Common Rosefinch, Twite,
Common Redpoll, Arctic Redpoll, Lapland Bunting, Cirl Bunting.
Plus any subspecies not regularly occurring in the County.
Species for which a description is normally required only if the
bird is seen and reported by less than three separate observers:
White-fronted Goose (flight-only views), Brent Goose, Scaup, Long-tailed
Duck, Red-breasted Merganser (except males in full plumage), Great Northern
Diver, Gannet, Shag, Great White Egret, Spoonbill, Red-necked Grebe, Slavonian
Grebe, Little Stint (winter and spring records only), Great Skua, Little
Tern (autumn records only), Sandwich Tern, Caspian Gull, Iceland Gull,
Glaucous Gull, Long-eared Owl (flight-only views), Nightjar, Merlin, Firecrest,
Bearded Tit, Cetti's Warbler, Wood Warbler, Pied Flycatcher, Black Redstart,
Hawfinch, Snow Bunting.
The Records Committee reserves the right to request a description for
any species if it considers it necessary. This list is subject to continual
review as the Records Committee considers appropriate.