Rare breeding birds in Dorset are monitored by the County Recorders and we encourage the reporting of all records to us directly, to enable their protection and conservation. All information received is kept strictly confidential.

The Dorset County Recorder for rare breeding birds is Shaun Robson - contacted here. A report is prepared annually for the Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP) which collates data at a national level.

If you find a rare breeding please remember to consider the RBBP guidelines on making your finding public. It is important to be cautious when reporting potential breeding pairs of species on the RBBP list.

Please remember these three important principles:

    • If you find a rare bird in breeding habitat, consider whether it might actually be breeding there and whether the birds might therefore be at risk of disturbance.
    • Do not publicise the birds or the site (by social media, direct to local networks or to the national bird information services) unless you are sure that there are suitable viewing opportunities which will not disturb the birds in any way.
    • Always inform the county/regional bird recorder and submit details of your sightings to the recorder so that they can be stored locally and with the Rare Breeding Birds Panel.

In Dorset the regular rare breeding or potential rare breeding species we request all data for include:

Quail, Garganey, Shoveler, Pochard, Turtle Dove, Spotted Crake, Crane, Stone-curlew, Avocet, Little Ringed Plover, Mediterranean Gull, Yellow-legged Gull, Little Tern, Roseate Tern, Bittern, Cattle Egret, Great White Egret, Little Egret, Osprey, Honey-buzzard, Goshawk, Marsh Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Long-eared Owl, Bee-eater, Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, Peregrine, Hobby, Red-backed Shrike, Willow Tit, Bearded Tit, Woodlark, Marsh Warbler, Savi’s Warbler, Dartford Warbler, Black Redstart, Hawfinch, Serin & Cirl Bunting.

We also monitor and welcome breeding records of the following non-native species: Black Swan & Golden Pheasant.

County Recorder for Rare Breeding Birds:

contact here

Find out more information on the recording of rare breeding birds in the UK:

Rare Breeding Birds Panel www.rbbp.org.uk