British List

The official British List is maintained by the British Ornithological Union (BOU) who list all wild birds in Great Britain: England, Scotland & Wales. The list is managed by the British Ornithological Union Records Committee (BOURC), who accept records onto the British List as previously agreed on for identification & acceptability onto the British List by the British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC). Whilst taxonomic ranking follow that of the International Ornithological Union (IOU), the BOU does not split of the Subalpine Warbler complex.


  • An Orange-billed Tern species was found off New Quay, Ceredigion in August of 2015. Despite images being taken identification to down species level was not possible. No description was submitted to the BBRC. An image of the unidentified Thalasseus can be found here the Rarities Gallery.
  • Black-winged Stilt is featured as a rare in this list as it was observed before it was dropped as a British Rarity by the BBRC in January of 2017.
  • Colour code: Common, Localized, Scarce, Rare & MEGA.


Total: 315

Brant Goose

  • Branta b. bernicla (Dark-bellied)
  • Branta b. hrota (Pale-bellied)

Red-breasted Goose: (1) RSPB Marshside, Lancashire (05.01.17)

Canada Goose

Barnacle Goose

Snow Goose: (1) Nateby, Lancashire

                        (1) Neston Marsh, Cheshire

Greylag Goose

Taiga Bean Goose: (6) YWT Spurn, East Yorkshire

Pink-footed Goose

Tundra Bean Goose: (2) YWT Spurn, East Yorkshire

Greater White-fronted Goose:

  • Anser a. albifrons (Euroepan)
  • Anser a. flavirostris (Greenland)

Mute Swan

Tundra Swan

Whooper Swan

Egyptian Goose

Common Shelduck

Mandarin Duck


Northern Shoveler


Eurasian Wigeon


Northern Pintail

Eurasian Wigeon

Red-crested Pochard

Common Pochard

Ferruginous Duck: (1) WWT Washington, Co. Durham (26.01.17)

Ring-necked Duck: (1) RSPB Conwy, Conwy

                                   (1) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire

Tufted Duck

Greater Scaup

King Eider: (1) Ythan, Aberdeen (26.06.16)

                      (1) Ynylas, Ceredigion (12.07.17)

Common Eider

Surf Scoter: (1) Hoylake, Cheshire

Velvet Scoter

White-winged Scoter: (1)

  • Melanitta d. deglandi (American) Blackdog, Aberdeenshire (26.06.16)

Common Scoter

Black Scoter: (1) Goswick, Northumberland (26.01.17)

Long-tailed Duck

Common Goldeneye



Red-breasted Merganser

Ruddy Duck

Black Grouse

Willow Ptarmigan

Red-legged Partridge

Grey Partridge

Common Quail

Common Pheasant

  • Phasianus c.colchicus (Ring-necked)
  • Phasianus c.versicolor (Green)

Golden Pheasant

Red-throated Diver

Black-throated Diver

Pacific Diver: (1) Druridge Bay CP, Northumberland (26.01.17)

Great Northern Diver

European Storm Petrel

Leach’s Storm Petrel: (67) New Brighton, Cheshire

                                        (1) Seacombe, Cheshire

                                        (1) Hilbre Island, Cheshire

Northern Fulmar

Cory’s Shearwater: (1) Bardsey Island, Gwynedd

Sooty Shearwater

Great Shearwater: (1) Bardsey Island, Gwynedd

Manx Shearwater

Balearic Shearwater: (6) Bardsey Island, Gwynedd

Little Grebe

Pied-billed Grebe: (1) RSPB Leighton Moss, Lancashire (26.04.15)

Great crested Grebe

Slavonian Grebe

Black-necked Grebe

Glossy Ibis: (1) RSPB Marshside, Lancashire

Eurasian Spoonbill

Eurasian Bittern

Little Bittern: (1) RSPB Old Moor, West Yorkshire (05.06.17)

Black-crowned Night Heron: (1)

  • Nycticorax n.hoactil (American) Shrewsbury, Shropshire (24.04.17) 

Green Heron: (1) Nerberth, Pembrokshire (03.05.18)

Western Cattle Egret: (7) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire

                                       (9) RSPB Marshside, Lancashire

                                        (2) Burton Marsh, Cheshire

                                        (1) Shotton, Clwyd

                                        (3) Birkdale, Lancashire

Grey Heron

Purple Heron: (1) RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk

Great Egret: (13) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire

                       (12) Burton Marsh, Cheshire

                       (19) Neston Marsh, Cheshire

                        (3) RSPB Ynys Hir, Ceredigion

                       (10) Pakgate, Cheshire

                        (1) RSPB Marshside, Lancashire

Little Egret

Norther Gannet

European Shag

Great Cormorant

  • Phalacrocorax c. carbo (Atlantic)
  • Phalacrocorax c. sinensis (Continental)

Western Osprey

European Honey Buzzard: (2) Undisclosed, Gwynedd

Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Northern Goshawk

Western Marsh Harrier

Hen Harrier

Pallid Harrier: (1) Dunsbridge, Lancashire (03.05.17)

                            (1) Neston, Cheshire (01.10.17)

Montague’s Harrier: (2) RSPB Blacktoft Sands, West Yorkshire

Red Kite

Rough-legged Buzzard: (1) Machynlleth, Powys

Common Buzzard

Water Rail

Corn Crake: (1) Hale, Cheshire

Spotted Crake: (1) CWT Red Rocks, Cheshire

                           (1) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire

Western Swamphen: (1) RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk (03.08.16)

Common Moorhen

Eurasian Coot

Common Crane: (7) RSPB Lakenheath, Suffolk

Eurasian Stone-curlew

Eurasian Oystercatcher

Black-winged Silt – (2) WWT Martin Mere, Lancashire (05.06.04)

Pied Avocet

Northern Lapwing

Euroepan Golden Plover

Grey Plover

Common Ringed Plover

  • Charadrius h. hiaticula (European)
  • Charadrius h. psammodromas (Arctic)
  • Charadrius h. tundrae (Tundra)

Little Ringed Plover

Kentish Plover: (1) Audenshaw Reservoir, Gtr Manchester

Eurasian Dotterel


Eurasian Curlew

Bar-tailed Godwit

Black-tailed Godwit

  • Limosa l. limosa (Continental)
  • Limosa l. islandica (Icelandic)

Ruddy Turnstone

Great Knot: (1) Scolt Head Island NR, Norfolk (20.06.17)

Red Knot


Curlew Sandpiper


Temmick’s Stint: (1) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire


  • Calidris a. alpina (Siberian)
  • Calidris a. schinzii (European)
  • Calidris a. arctica (Greenland)

Purple Sandpiper

Baird’s Sandpiper: (1) White Holme Reservoir, West Yorkshire (15.09.17)

Little Stint

White-rumped Sandpiper: (1) RSPB Blacktoft Sands, West Yorkshire

Buff-breasted Sandpiper: (1) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire

Pectoral Sandpiper: (4) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire

Long-tailed Dowitcher: (1) Banks Marsh, Lancashire (10.10.17)

                                           (1) RSPB Marshside, Lancashire (21.10.17)

Eurasian Woodcock

Jack Snipe

Common Snipe

  • Gallinago g. faeroeensis (Faerones)
  • Gallinago g. gallinago (Continental)

Red-necked Phalarope: (3) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire

                                           (1) Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire

Red Phalarope: (1) Seacombe, Cheshire

                             (1) West Kirby, Cheshire

                             (1) Liverpool Bay Pelagic

                             (1) New Brighton, Cheshire

Common Sandpiper

Spotted Sandpiper: (1) Belvide Reservoir, Staffordshire (17.05.17)

Green Sandpiper

Common Redshank

Wood Sandpiper

Spotted Redshank

Common Greenshank

Black-legged Kittiwake

Sabine’s Gull

Black-headed Gull

Little Gull

Laughing Gull: (1) New Brighton, Cheshire (21.02.15)

Mediterranean Gull

Common Gull

Ring-billed Gull: (1) RSPB Burton Mere Wetlands, Cheshire

Great Black-backed Gull

Glaucous Gull

Iceland Gull

European Herring Gull

  • Larus a. argenteus (British)
  • Larus a. argentatus (Scandinavian)

Caspian Gull

Yellow-legged Gull

Lesser Black-backed Gull

  • Larus f. graellsii (Western)
  • Larus f. intermidius (Scandinavian): (1) Hoylake, Cheshire
                                                                      (1) Birkenhead Docks, Cheshire

Sandwich Tern

Elegant Tern: (1) Pagham Harbour, Sussex (14.06.17)

Little Tern

Roseate Tern

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

Whiskered Tern: (2) Elton Hall Flash, Cheshire (07.05.16)

Great Skua

Pomarine Skua

Arctic Skua

Long-tailed Skua: (1) New Brighton, Cheshire

Little Auk: (1) Hilbre Island, Cheshire

Common Guillemot


Black Guillemot

Atlantic Puffin

Rock Dove

Stock Dove

Common Woodpigeon

European Turtle Dove

Eurasian Collared Dove

Common Cuckoo

Western Barn Owl

Snowy Owl: (1) Amlwch, Angelsey (15.06.18)

Tawny Owl

Little Owl

Long-eared Owl

Short-eared Owl

European Nightjar

Common Swift

Common Kingfisher

European Bee-eater: (3) Brampton, Cumbria

Eurasian Hoopoe: (1) New Brighton, Cheshire

Eurasian Wryneck: (5) Bardsey Island, Gwynedd

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Great Spotted Woodpecker

European Green Woodpecker

Common Kestrel

Red-footed Falcon: (1) Chatterly Whitfield, Staffordshire


Eurasian Hobby

Peregrine Falcon

Ring-necked Parakeet

Red-backed Shrike: (1) Moels, Cheshire

Durian Shrike: (1) Holyhead, Anglesey (16.10.17)

Great Grey Shrike: (1) Little Woolden Moss, Gtr Manchester

                                   (1) Frodsham Marsh, Cheshire

Eurasian Golden Oriole: (1) Undisclosed site, Suffolk

Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Magpie

Red-billed Chough

Western Jackdaw


Carrion Crow

Hooded Crow

Northern Raven

Bohemian Waxwing

Coal Tit

Marsh Tit

Willow Tit

Eurasian Blue Tit

Great Tit

Bearded Reedling


Eurasian Skylark

Horned Lark

  • Eremophila a. alpestris (North American Horned Lark) – Staines Reservoir, Surrey 10/20/18
  • Eremophila a. flava (Shore): (1) Hartlepool, Cleveland

Sand Martin

Barn Swallow

Common House Martin

Long-tailed Tit

Cetti’s Warbler

Willow Warbler

Common Chiffchaff

  • Phylloscopus c. tristis (Siberian)
  • Phylloscopus c. collybita (European)
  • Phyllosopus c. abietinus (Scandinavian)

Iberian Chiffchaff: (1) Kesall, Cheshire (01.06.17)

                                   (1) Thurstaston, Cheshire (02.05.18)

                                   (1) CWT Red Rocks, Cheshire (23.05.18)

Wood Warbler

Dusky Warbler: (4) YWT Spurn, East Yorkshire

Radde’s Warbler: (1) YWT Spurn, East Yorkshire

Pallas’s Leaf Warbler: (1) Heswall, Cheshire

                                        (1) Easington, East Yorkshire

                                         (2) YWT Spurn, East Yorkshire

                                         (1) Flamborough, East Yorkshire

Yellow-browed Warbler

Arctic Warbler: (1) RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire (08.10.16)

Sedge Warbler

Eurasian Reed Warbler

Marsh Warbler: (1) Haverton Hill, Cleveland

                              (1) Bowsfield Marsh, Cleveland

Booted Warbler: (1) Great Orme, Conwy (04.10.16)

Melodious Warbler: (3) Bardsey Island, Gwynedd

Icterine Warbler: (1) RSPB Ynys Hir, Ceredigion

                                 (4) Bardsey Island, Gwynedd

Common Grasshopper Warbler

Savi’s Warbler: (1) RSPB Minsmere, Suffolk (10.05.17)


Garden Warbler

Lesser Whitethroat

Common Whitethroat

Dartford Warbler

Subalpine Warbler: (1)

  • Sylvia c. cantillans (Western) – CWT Red Rocks, Cheshire

Common Firecrest


Eurasian Wren

Tree Nuthatch

Eurasian Treecreeper

Common Starling

Ring Ouzel

Common Blackbird

Black-throated Thrush: (1) St Asaph, Denbigh (22.12.16)

Dusky Thrush: (1) Beely, Derbyshire (11.12.16)



  • Turdus i. iliacus (Scandinavian)
  • Turdus i. coburni (Icelandic)

Song Thrush

  • Turdus p. philomelos (Continental)
  • Turdus p. clarkie (British)

Mistle Thrush

Spotted Flycatcher

European Robin

  • Erithacus r. rubecula (Continental)
  • Erithacus r. melophilus (British)

Bluethroat: (1) RSPB Bempton Cliffs, East Yorkshire

European Pied Flycatcher

Black Redstart

  • Phoenicurus o.ochruros (Eastern) – (1) Skinningrove, Cleveland (15.01.17)
  • Phoenicurus o. gibraltariensis (European)

Common Redstart

Common Rock Thrush: (1) Abergavanny, Gwent (25.10.17)

Blue Rock Thrush: (1) Stow-on-the-World, Gloucestershire (31.12.16)


European Stonechat

  • Saxicola r. hibernans (British)
  • Saxicola r. rubicola (Continental)

Northern Wheatear

  • Oenanthe o. oenanthe (Northern)
  • Oenanthe o. leucorhoa (Greenland)

Desert Wheatear: (1) Fairhevan, Lancashire (19.11.16)

White-throated Dipper

House Sparrow

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Siberian Accentor: (1) Easington, East Yorkshire (15.10.16)


Western Yellow Wagtail

  • Motacilla f. flava (Blue-headed)
  • Motacilla f. flavissima (Yellow-crowned)
  • Motacilla f. flava X flavissima (Channel)
  • Motacilla f. feldegg (Black-headed): RSPB Leighton Moss, Lancashire (16.04.18)

Citrine Wagtail: (1) Morfa Madryn, Gwynedd

Grey Wagtail

White Wagtail

  • Motacilla a. yarrelli (Pied)
  • Motacilla a. alba (White)

Richard’s Pipit: (1) Bidston Moss NR, Cheshire

                             (1) CWT Red Rocks, Cheshire

Meadow Pipit

  • Anthus p. pratensis (Eurasian)
  • Anthus p. whistleri (Hebridean)

Tree Pipit

Olive-backed Pipit: (1) Easington, East Yorkshire

Buff-bellied Pipit:

  • Anthus r. rubescens (American): (1) Burton Marsh, Cheshire (21.12.13)

Water Pipit

Rock Pipit

  • Anthus p. petrosus (British)
  • Anthus p. littoralis (Scandinavian)

Common Chaffinch



Eurasian Bullfinch

European Greenfinch



Mealy Redpoll

Lesser Redpoll

Parrot Crossbill: (10) Howden Reservoir, Derbyshire

Common Crossbill

Euroepan Goldfinch

Eurasian Siskin

Corn Bunting


Pine Bunting: (1) SWT Venus Pool, Shropshire (04.01.17)

Ortolan Bunting: (1) Bardsey Island, Gwynedd

Little Bunting: (1) YWT Spurn, East Yorkshire

Common Reed Bunting

Lapland Bunting

Snow Bunting

  • Plectrophenax n. insulae (Iceland)
  • Plectrophenax n. nivalis (Scandinavian)

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