In 1968, the RSPB Council established a subcommittee which it named the Rare Breeding Birds Panel. It was small, but from the outset had both a Nature Conservancy Council and a British Birds presence. Five years later, a report commented 'While many records were received by the Panel, the response was less complete than had been hoped' and, as a result of this limited success, in December 1972 it wa

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