Bird Sightings

Seen an interesting bird?  Then let us know by submitting a record on our on-line database.  It is easy to do but if you need some instructions take a look at the Submit Sightings Page.  To view the latest sightings just click on the menu item for Latest Sightings.

Some birds are not uncommon in other parts of the country or around our coasts, but may be in Buckinghamshire.  If you want to see just how scarce a particular species is then take a look at the Bucks List.

Bird Watchers Code of Conduct

Five Things to Remember When Birding in Buckinghamshire

  1. Avoid disturbing birds and their habitats – the birds interests should always come first.
  2. Be an ambassador for birdwatching.
  3. Know the law and the rules for visiting the countryside, and follow them.
  4. Post your sightings on the Buckinghamshire County Bird Sightings database (Goingbirding).
  5. Think about the interests of wildlife and local people before passing on news of a rare bird, especially during the breeding season. 

For more information, read the BTO Birdwatcher’s Code.

 

Photographing birds

Be aware that it is illegal to intentionally or recklessly disturb Schedule 1 species at or near a nest without a licence.

For example, if you are photographing such species at or near a breeding location and you affect the behaviour or breeding success of the birds, then you are breaking the law. If there is any possibility of causing an effect on their behaviour, then you are advised to apply for a licence from the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture (DEFA), Directorate of Forestry, Amenity and Lands.

A list of Schedule 1 species can be found at https://www.bto.org/our-science/projects/birdatlas/methods/protected-species-britain