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!