Welsh Birds Rarities Committee
This subcommittee of WOS assesses records of scarce and rare birds in Wales, producing an annual report. It also maintains the list of all the birds seen in Wales, which can be downloaded here: simple list (pdf), detailed version (MS Excel). The title of the subcommittee has now been changed from Welsh Records Panel (WRP) to Welsh Birds Rarities Committee (WBRC) to run parallel to the BBRC (British Birds Rarities Committee). The WBRC has adopted the Moussier’s Redstart as its logo. This northwest African bird has occurred just once in Britain, on Dinas Head, Pembrokeshire, in April 1988.
With its long coastline and westerly outlook, Wales sees its fair share of scarce and rare birds each year. Some of the rarest birds seen in Britain have occurred in Wales, including Gray Catbird, Little Whimbrel and Royal Tern. There is a three tier system of record assessment for uncommon birds recorded in Wales:
- The British Birds Rarities Committee (BBRC) assesses British rarities.
- The Welsh Birds Rarities Committee (WBRC) assesses records of birds rare in a Welsh context, but not rare enough in Britain to be assessed by BBRC.
- Local Records Committees assess records of species rare at a local level, but which are commoner elsewhere in Wales.