By Christopher McInerny and Andy Stoddart
Abstract British records of Mugimaki Flycatcher Ficedula mugimaki and Chinese Pond Heron Ardeola bacchus have presented BOURC with particular issues regarding provenance. This paper sets out the circumstances surrounding each claim, outlines the concerns that arose during the review, and in each case explains the process that led to the decision on categorisation. In particular, occurrences prior to the imposition of the 2005 EU-wide ban on the importation of wild birds from China and elsewhere have greatly affected the assessment of both species.
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