Committee membership is listed on the inside front cover each month, and on the back of the title page. In the absence of further nominations (Brit. Birds 77: 292), Iain Robertson started his official term of membership on 1st April this year, having earlier filled (in an ex-officio capacity) the vacancy left by Richard Porter, who resigned in October 1984 due to pressure of other work. We are most grateful to Richard for his major contributions during more than three years of membership of the Committee. The following points of interest arise mainly from the Committee's annual meeting at Blunham, Bedfordshire, on 30th March 1985.

Offshore rarity records The Committee will consider rarity records which come from within the offshore boundary shown in fig. 1. The boundary follows the UK Fishery Limits, which extend to 200 miles (320 km), or to the median line between the U K and neighbouring countries, except that it includes the Channel Islands (for which the Committee now considers records, at the request of the ornithologists in the Channel Islands) and excludes Northern Irish waters (records for which are assessed by the Northern Ireland Bird Records Committee). This decision, reached in consultation with the BOU Records Committee, is a response to several requests for a clear definition of an offshore limit. Norway, too, has recently adopted a 200-mile/medianline marine boundary for ornithological records, and it is hoped that other European nations will do likewise, thus providing complete recording cover for the whole of European waters.

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