Work of the Panel

Osprey by Mark Hamblin

The Rare Breeding Birds Panel collects breeding data on the rarer species of birds breeding in the United Kingdom. In particular, its records allow the production of annual totals of breeding pairs for each species on its list. On this website you can find information about the Panel and its work, and in future there will be more detailed information about the status of each species and how numbers are calculated.

You can contribute to the work of the Panel by submitting your bird records to the local bird recorder for the area. For more information on record submission, see Data submission.

The Rare Breeding Birds Panel was formed in 1972 by representatives of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the British Trust for Ornithology, The Nature Conservancy Council and British Birds. The present Panel is made up of representatives of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, RSPB, BTO, three independent members, and a Secretary.

A paper from British Birds in 1992 gave some background to the workings of the Panel at that time. Although there are now significantly more data and more species are covered, the same principles still apply.

Background to RBBP published 1992 - British Birds Vol.85 (1992), 117-122 (815kb)

You can see some news items previously posted on this website here RBBP News Archive