The list of British birds published by Birdwatch Magazine, and produced by Dominic Mitchell and Keith Vinicombe. The list was published initially in 2006, and then updated in 2008, 2010 and 2012. This list is somewhat more liberal than that of the BOU but more conservative than the one produced by the UK400 club. As a relatively new list, albeit a carefully thought-out one, the jury is still out as to its uptake by British birders.

Although the list applies to Britain (and the Isle of Man), it does contain an appendix covering additional species recorded only in Ireland. As a result, the Birdwatch authority can be used for lists in Britain & Ireland or smaller units (i.e. countries and counties) of this area.

The updates in the fourth edition of this list (February 2012) are the addition of White-winged Scoter and Slaty-backed Gull, and the splitting of Whimbrel and Sandwich Tern. In addition, the species order has been changed, in addition to a number of minor changes to English and scientific names.

Species currently considered as comprising the Birdwatch List for BUBO Listing purposes are shown below.

Either select the species to add by first selecting the authority to copy it from, then the particular species, or enter a new species directly below.

NB: Likely authorities hard-coded for now, but dropdown should ideally be restricted to parents of current authority only.

If selecting from another authority, you can still update the information below before adding the species.

NB: Species name is defaulted from the previous species row and should of course be overwritten!.

NB: Genus is defaulted from the previous species row but may need overwriting; specific needs to be entered in either case.

NB: Species id will be taken from the corresponding species on the authority being copied from, otherwise enter 0 for a totally new species.

NB: Need a way to enter a new family if required.

NB: Notes only allow up to 255 characters, but there is no enforcement of this. Anything longer will be truncated without warning.

Delete species

NB: Species name for the old taxon should be updated to differentiate it from the split taxa using a '/' or '[group]', e.g. Species A/Species B or Species A [group].

NB: Scientific should also be updated similarly, e.g. Genus specific A/specific B or Genus specific A [group].

NB: Split species must previously have been added through Add Species. Currently allow for split into 5 species.

NB: Ideally this should be done through a species lookup rather than direct entry of id.

NB: Notes only allow up to 255 characters, but there is no enforcement of this. Anything longer will be truncated without warning.

NB: Species name for the old taxon should be updated to differentiate it from the split taxa using '[lumped]', e.g. Species A [lumped].

NB: Scientific should also be updated, using '[lumped]' or brackets for the old specific name, e.g. Genus specific [lumped] or Genus [specific] subspecific.

NB: Lumped species must already exist.

NB: Ideally this should be done through a species lookup rather than direct entry of id.

NB: Notes only allow up to 255 characters, but there is no enforcement of this. Anything longer will be truncated without warning.

Apply Taxonomic Updates

This will update all user lists according to the edited taxonomy and should only be done when all edits are complete.

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