Submitting Records

We currently use the online BTO BirdTrack system, EBird (please provide us with your observer number) and our own Daily Sightings Page for recording birds in the county. 

If you prefer to submit records in a spreadsheet then that is also possible. 

Submitting Records

We currently use the online BTO BirdTrack system, EBird (please provide us with your observer number) and our own Daily Sightings Page for recording birds in the county. 

If you prefer to submit records in a spreadsheet then that is also possible. 

There are several ways to submit your bird records, all of which feed into our database and potentially contribute to conservation in the county.

  • Use the online submission form on this page
  • Email your news to the daily sightings team at bird-news@cbwps.org.uk
  • Submit via the BirdTrack online reporting system
  • Via a downloadable spreadsheet
  • As a last resort by post

All records are of use and whilst not every report is included in the annual reports, they are all entered onto the database where they are available for conservation and research. Records in the following categories are especially useful:

  • First and last dates of migrants
  • Scarce and rare species (see below)
  • Counts of migrants (e.g. finches, wildfowl, gulls, thrushes, waders, seabirds etc)
  • Breeding records for all species, including common ones
  • Winter records (November to February) of flocking birds
  • Roost records (all year)
  • Accurate counts of ‘common’ birds

If submitting by email, please use the format: ‘site name: count & species name, then observer initial & surname in brackets’. This saves the editing team a vast ammount of time when uploading to the website and is really apreciated. For example:

Walmsley Sanctuary: 34 Canada Goose, 1 Spoonbill, 23 Black-tailed Godwit (B Bosisto)

If submitting via spreadsheet, please us the following format:

Site Name, Grid Reference, Date, Species, Count, Breeding Code, Comment, Observer, Age, Sex

If you require any further information, or to receive a spreadsheet template,  email the recorder at recorder@cbwps.org.uk

If you wish to send records by post, please send to the County Recorder: Bob Bosisto, 7 Chegwyns Hill, Foxhole, PL26 7UY

Please ensure that your name and address, together with the year to which the records apply, are clearly shown on the front page.

White-rumped Sandpiper

Submit records online