Records of species on the BBRC list that require a description should be sent to the Recorder, preferably by email to who will log these in the database and then forward them to BBRC. BBRC recording forms are available from the Recorder or at:

Records of species on the SRC list should be submitted to the Assistant Secretary of the ISBG Rarities Committee (SRC) – Matthew Broadbent. Please open link below for the ISBG rarity form. Please fill it in, save it and then send to the Assistant Secretary, preferably by email to Please send photographs of your rarity separately and as JPEGs. 

ISBG Rarity Form – download here

BBRC Isles of Scilly Rarity Form – download here

Alternatively forms can be printed and sent by post to:

John Headon, Hivernia, Jackson’s Hill, St Mary’s, Isles of Scilly, TR21 0JZ

Assistant Secretary
Matthew Broadbent, 34 Langton Road, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 2NQ

Both the BBRC and SRC forms contain full instructions to help observers submit sufficient information to allow the Committees to come to a fully informed decision.

The full list of species requiring a description can be found here. Please note that species not recorded on Scilly which are not on the BBRC list and which may make their way here naturally are included and marked with an asterisk. Sedentary and non-migratory species that will almost certainly never be recorded on Scilly have been omitted, e.g. Capercaillie, Scottish Crossbill.

The SRC Committee

John Headon – Recorder and Chair (non-voting)

Liam Langley – Secretary (non-voting)

Matthew Broadbent – Assistant Secretary (non-voting)

Ashley Fisher
Andrew Holden
James Lidster
Paul St Pierre
Will Wagstaff

The preferred deadline for receiving records is 1st January, as this allows us to include all sightings in the writing up of the annual Bird and Natural History Review. Please send in your records as soon as you return from your visit. Records may be sent in any format, but Excel is preferable. The Recorder can supply a copy of the ‘Master’ spreadsheet for anyone who would like one – please just contact us for a personalised copy.

Spotted Crake © Joe Pender