• When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

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List of local rarity species that require a description

List of local rarity species that require a description 2020-01-01b

This document is a list of local rarity species that require submission of a description to be accepted into the county records.

A description is required for all species occurring for the first time in the Outer Hebrides - this applies to species that are not on the OHRC, SBRC or BBRC lists (an example being Magpie that was recorded for the first time in May 2015).

All records of OHRC species should be submitted as soon as possible after the sighting and not left until the end of each year.

OHRC reserve the right to seek additional details of other records deemed exceptional by virtue of, for example, date, location, or number.

An up to date list of Scottish rarities that require description is available from: The SOC website at: https://www.the-soc.org.uk/bird-recording/sbrc-list-past-lists

Changes June 2020 (but effective 1st January 2020):-
Moved from SBRC to now be assessed locally by OHRC
  • Blyth's Reed Warbler
  • Marsh Warbler
  • Olive-backed Pipit
  • Little Bunting
Also after discussion with the OHRC committee Snow Goose has been added to the OHRC list effective 1st January 2020.
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