September 2002 – vol. 95, issue 9, pp 459–467 While it came as no great surprise to the observers of the `Dungeness petrel' (Brit. Birds 95: 156-165) that the record was rejected, this feeling merely reflects what we take to be a widespread view among observers: that the BBRC finds it very difficult to accept major rarities which are not seen by large numbers of observers and, ideally, photographed. This is clearly a situation which will occur... This article is only available to registered users.To read more, please log in or purchase a subscription.