BUBO Listing has introduced some new features to the website which now makes it much easier to view not just other listers' lists, but details about the listers themselves.

When logged in you will see a new menu item 'View Listers'. This shows you a list of all BUBO Listers, some information about them, and the number of lists they have registered with BUBO Listing. Click on a particular user to see further details, including exactly which lists they have. You can then click on a list to see the full species details.

Please make this new feature more interesting by editing your own profile, by clicking on your name and email address at the top right, and providing some information 'about you'. You can also add a picture of yourself: see if you can identify any fellow BUBO Listers whilst out birding!

18 October 2013: Sorry, the list import service is no longer available. Don't worry though - it really doesn't take long to add lists to BUBO Listing from scratch!

Several birders have asked us if there is a way to import their existing lists (stored in Excel, Word etc.) into BUBO Listing. Whilst the system does not support this (it is complicated to develop considering differences in spellings and taxonomies, and we'd prefer to spend our limited development time on enhancing other areas of BUBO Listing), we have decided to offer a List Import service. You can send us a list via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This can be as brief as a description of the list (e.g. British BOU Life List, California 2008 Year List) and a list of English names of species to include. However, if possible please add scientific names and, optionally, dates, locations and comments. Ideally we would prefer Excel format, but we will accept most common formats.

If we have any problems importing the lists we will get back to you for clarification. Otherwise we will let you know when your list is online for you to check it.

Since this will be a time-consuming and mostly manual process for us there is a small charge for the service. For every list you would like us to import we ask for a minimum payment of £5.00, or £10.00 for lists of more than 1000 species, to be paid via the Paypal donation button on the BUBO Listing website (or Contact Us to donate by cheque or bank transfer). You can also pay the equivalent amount in other currencies: check for the current exchange rate and just pay us appropriately. We will only request payment after your list is online, and you have checked it. Feel free to donate more than £10.00 per list if you like!

Obviously there is a level of trust in this process: however if you don't pay within a reasonable time period then we can always delete your lists from the system!

In summary:

  • if you are not already registered with BUBO Listing, then register first (for free)
  • email us your list(s) to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • we will upload them to BUBO Listing and notify you when it is ready
  • you can then check them, and we will correct any errors
  • when complete, you can click on the Donate button (e.g. on the homepage or here below, or Contact Us to donate by cheque or bank transfer) and make a donation of at least £5.00 per list (£10 or more for lists of at least 1000 species)

    Contact us to donate by cheque or bank transfer.


Some enhancements have been made to the Copy List feature within BUBO Listing. As you know, this allows you to create a new list automatically populated based on an existing list, and is a very quick way to create your Birdwatch Magazine life list based upon your BOU life list for example. Well now it is even easier and faster...

Copying Species Details

Before you confirm the copy, you will be asked if you wish to copy all species details to the new list, i.e. including date, location, comments and sensitive status, or just the species itself. For example, if you are creating a county list based on your Britain life list, and you know that most of your first county records were not the same as the ticks on your Britain life list, you will find it quicker to just copy the species itself. If you had done most of your birding within the county and therefore a large proportion of county ticks were actually British lifers as well, you would be better off copying all species details. Whichever option you choose, you will then have less manual edits to do via 'My Lists'.

Copying Between Authorities

One of the powerful features of BUBO Listing is to be able to create lists under different authorities, despite the fact that they use different taxonomies. For example if you have a BOU Britain life list you can create your Birdwatch Magazine life list by copying species as described above. Now this process has been enhanced to tell you exactly which species have not been copied across due to taxonomic differences. For example, a Bean Goose on your BOU list would not be copied to your Birdwatch list, since Birdwatch Magazine instead include the split Taiga Bean Goose and Tundra Bean Goose: BUBO Listing is unable to guess which one(s) you have seen! So BUBO Listing will now list all those species that have not copied, as well as telling you which additional species are available on the new authority, so you can quickly add these if you have seen them.

Note that at first glance, the manner in which some species are dropped from lists when copying from one authority to another may seem non-sensical. For example, copying from a BOU list to a UK400 list will result in Red Grouse being dropped from the list, then Red Grouse will need to be added to the new UK400 list. Although these would appear to be the same species, the discrepancy arises because the UK400 club considers Red Grouse to be Lagopus scotica, distinct from the Willow Grouse Lagopus lagopus of continental Europe. The BOU considers British Red Grouse to be the subspecies Lagopus lagopus scotica. Such distinctions may seem unimportant in a British context. However, maintaining them is vital when considering copying lists across a wider geographical area, such as from Britain to the Western Palearctic or to the World. 

With these two changes, there is now no excuse for you not to add some new lists to BUBO Listing!

It is now possible to download lists from BUBO Listing for your own records. Downloads can be done in text (tab-delimited or comma-separated) or spreadsheet (Microsoft Excel) format.

You will see the following download icons when you view a list in detail: just click on one and either open the file directly or choose a folder on your computer to save the downloaded file.

Download list as tab-delimited text fileDownload list as comma-separated text fileDownload list as spreadsheet

You can download either the list itself, or the target species for the list.

This isn't just restricted to your own lists: you can view someone else's list and download that. This is great for doing some analysis, e.g. what has Fred Bloggs seen in Norfolk this year that I haven't seen?

If you are downloading your own list then it is recommended that you do it from within My Lists - this way the details of sensitive records will be included. If you download your own list from the publicly viewable View All Lists option the sensitive species will be suppressed.

We are delighted to have been awarded 'Website of the month' in the June issue of Birdwatch Magazine.

See the magazine for the write-up. They conclude by saying "as more and more birders add on their individual lists, this will become a fascinating and compelling site to visit". So thanks to all those birders who have already added lists, and please continue to add lists and encourage your fellow birders to join the BUBO Listing community!