Breeding Birds 2021

The following is a list of species for which sightings and photos during the breeding season will not necessarily be made public on the CBWPS Cornwall Birds website. The welfare of the birds is paramount, and they are under increasing pressure from various quarters.

All records of rare breeding birds are still vitally important for the county record and conservation purposes. Please send such records into the usual bird-news@cbwps.org.uk, or direct to the county recorder. Recording via the BTO and BirdTrack is another great way to ensure records reach the county recorder.

The species on this list are included for one of four reasons:

  1. Listed as especially vulnerable by the RBBP in their Guidance on the reporting of Rare Breeding Birds to Bird News Information Services.
  2. Listed by the RBBP in their Species list.
  3. Listed in Schedule One of the Wildlife and Countryside Act.
  4. Breeds in very small numbers in Cornwall and therefore considered vulnerable.

The Species List

  • Little Egret (RBBP) – (March to July) at potential inland breeding sites (heronries).
  • Montagu’s Harrier (RBBP, Schedule One, vulnerable) – (Apr to July) except obvious passage migrants
  • Goshawk (RBBP, Schedule One) – (Feb to July)
  • Peregrine (RBBP, Schedule One) – (March to July)
  • Little Ringed Plover (RBBP, Schedule One) – (March to July) at potential inland breeding sites only.
  • Chough (RBBP, Schedule One) – (March to July) except at any authorised watchpoints.
  • Nightjar (Cornwall Vulnerable) –  (Apr to July) except obvious passage migrants
  • Cetti’s Warbler (RBBP, Schedule One) – (Apr to July)
  • Dartford Warbler (RBBP, Schedule One) – (March to July) – extended to year round in some locations due to fragile population
  • Any additional scarce species discovered to be breeding from the RBBP/Schedule 1 list which do not normally breed in the County.

Information on the following species may also be withheld if there is thought to be a possibility that they are breeding/vulnerable to disturbance –

  • Cirl Bunting (RBBP, Schedule One) – (March to July)
  • Water Rail (RBBP) – (March to July)
  • Quail (RBBP, Schedule One) – (March to July)
  • Turtle Dove – (RBBP) (Apr to July)
  • Barn Owl (RBBP, Schedule One) (March to July)
  • Long-eared Owl (RBBP, vulnerable) (March to July)
  • Short-eared Owl (RBBP) (March to July)
  • Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (RBBP, vulnerable) – (March to July)
  • Woodlark (RBBP, Schedule One) – (March to July)
  • Black Redstart (RBBP, Schedule One) – (Apr to July)
  • Firecrest (Schedule One) – (Apr to July)
  • Kingfisher (Schedule One) – (March to July)
  • Hobby (RBBP, Schedule One) – (Apr to July)
  • Whinchat (Cornwall Vulnerable) – (Apr to July)
  • Redstart (Cornwall Vulnerable) – (Apr to July)
  • Corn Bunting (Cornwall Vulnerable) – (March to July)
  • Curlew (Cornwall Vulnerable) – (March to July)
  • Lapwing (Cornwall Vulnerable) – (March to July)
  • Any other species in circumstances where visitor pressure may cause problems to the nesting birds.

Please also respect the above criteria when posting about any of the above species to Social Media during the breeding season. If ever unsure, don’t post locations and seriously consider not mentioning at all. A similar message applies for private messages online.

Don’t forget it is illegal to disturb or photograph any Schedule 1 species at the nest in the UK without a licence. Equally it is also bad practice to disturb or photograph any species at the nest without total due care and consideration – the birds welfare is paramount and disturbance can lead to desertion or encourage nest predators.

The CBWPS appreciates that the inclusion of some of the species on this list is debatable, with sites being well known and some records published in reports. It is hoped that birders will understand the need for sensible compromise. Sightings of species in circumstances in which they are highly unlikely to be breeding or other cases may well be included on the sightings page at the County Recorders discretion, for example birds considered to be on passage.

djc/rjv 14/03/21