Where should I send records of rare breeding species, including the less common raptors?
In the past there was potential for records of rare breeding birds to be lost as the records were often retained by the individual observers. Since its establishment in 1973 the Rare Breeding Birds Panel (RBBP) has became the recognised repository for all such records. The records are kept in confidence, but can be accessed by the sponsoring organisations for official use. Similarly, records of the less common raptors are now kept centrally in the archives of the local Raptor Study Groups. The important issue is that these records are held somewhere and that they keep their necessary confidentiality. Records can be submitted direct to the body concerned, or channelled via the Local Recorder, if preferred. It should be noted that in the cases mentioned above, only summary data is normally fed back to the Local Recorder.