Garganey and Cirl Bunting records

As a result of representations from several people, the Rare Breeding Birds Panel has agreed to add Garganey Anas querquedula and Cirl Bunting Emberiza cirlus to its list. Since the Panel's most recently published report is that ror 1979 (Brit. Birds 74: 1 7-36), it is possible for these additions to be made retrospectively: Garganey and Cirl Bunting will be included in the Panel's 1980 report as well as subsequent ones. Observers are requested to send details of all breeding season sightings of these species in 1980, 1981 and subsequent years to the relevant county or regional bird recorder who will, as usual, then pass them on to the Panel on its special forms. Please notify mere presence in the breeding season in suitable habitat (as well as probable and confirmed breeding): both species appear to be decreasing and we stress that all breeding season records are required.  

Nightjar census 1981 The Atlas showed the Nightjar Caprimulgus europaeus to be an uncommon species in Britain and Ireland, declining in numbers throughout this century. The BTO is attempting a full census of the species in Britain and Ireland in 1981, based on the 10-km squares of the national grid. The assistance of all birdwatchers is required, not only in the main part of the species' range, in southern and eastern England, but also in the north and west of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, where there is much moorland, including newly afforested areas, with few local observers. Any birdwatchers who holiday in these areas are asked to make a special effort to look and listen for Nightjars this summer. 

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