• Please be aware that avian influenza has been confirmed in the Western Isles. Great Skua and Gannet are the worst affected currently but a range of other bird species can be infected. Please avoid contact with dead birds, give sick and dying birds space, keep dogs on leads and report all such instances to Defra (03459 335577). RSPB and Nature Scot are working together to collate all records of birds with suspected avian influenza on the islands. If you see a suspected case of avian influenza please email a record to robyn.stewart@rspb.org.uk, including date, species (if known) and location.
  • 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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Info Reporting Rarities - Local, Scottish and National

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Download Outer Hebrides Rarities Form: Word Document or PDF Download

Download Scottish Rarities Form: Word Document or PDF Download

Download British Birds Rarities form: Word Document or PDF Download

Details of rare species should be sent in as soon as possible after the sighting. The correct etiquette for rarity reporting is to submit the completed form, in the first instance, to the county recorder.

National rarities: Are dealt with by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC). A list of current rare species and rare races can be found on www.bbrc.org.uk

Scottish Rarities: Are dealt with by the Scottish Birds Records Committee (SBRC). A list of species considered to be Scottish rarities can be seen on the Scottish Ornithogists Club (SOC) website here

Local Rarities: Are dealt with by the Outer Hebrides Records Committee. A list of species that are considered to be local rarities can be downloaded from the resources section of this website The document is titled " List of local rarity species that require a description"