Submission of Bird Records
for the West Midland Bird Club Annual Report
Your records are vital to the production of our Annual Report - The Birds of Staffordshire - Warwickshire - Worcestershire and the West Midlands - Therefore, you are encouraged to submit them, ideally throughout the year and certainly by the end, to the appropriate County Recorder, preferably using the BTOs Birdtrack or using Excel, MS Word etc. Alternatively, enter your records onto WMBC record slips - available at Local Branch indoor meetings or by post from your County Recorder (enclosing SAE)
What information is required
Basically, any records that you have are valuable and should be sent in. However, their value can easily be enhanced by adding detailed information. All of the information required to submit a full and accurate record is available in our booklet:- A Checklist of the Birds of Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands and Guide to Status and Record Submission. This booklet is provided to all members or available from the Club Secretary:-
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - (Cover cost + P&P)
Each year the Rarity Committees of the 4 counties consider which species require some form of confirmation when records are submitted – these are the Category A species as listed in the back of the Annual Report. The requirements for confirmation can change as species become commoner or rarer. In order to keep you better informed of changes to status, a list of Category A species can be downloaded as a PDF and this will be updated regularly. Download list of Description Species.
What should my description include
Not every description need be equally detailed, the amount of detail required being a function of the status of the species involved and the degree of difficulty in its identification. The golden rules are to: write your description on the spot; avoid preconceptions and record only what you see. An exhaustive description of an unfamiliar bird, however, should contain enough exact elements to ensure absolute proof of identity.
Submit your records
Never be put off from submitting your records, even if there is an element of doubt in your mind that your identification of a species may not be entirely correct. The County Recorders, together with their teams are available to assist in such matters. Always keep in mind that your records are of great importance in developing the understanding of the birds of our region.
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