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As of 23rd February 2016, the Wiltshire List stood at 329 species.

 

The information on birds seen for the first time in the last 10 years is summarised in this table.

  Year

  Species

  Date seen

  Total

  Notes

2007

Lesser Scaup

February 2007

316

 

2008

Penduline Tit

April 2008

317

 
 

Thrush Nightingale

August 2008

318

 

2009

Crested Lark

November 2009

319

 

2010

   

320

See Note 1.

2012

Pacific Golden Plover  

June 2012

321

 

2013

Great Reed Warbler

September 2013

322

 

2013

Pallid Harrier

September 2013  

323

 

2013

Isabelline Shrike

October 2001

324

See Note 2.

2014

Two Barred Crossbill

January 2014

325

 

2014

Red-flanked Bluetail

February 2014

326

 

2015

Spotted Sandpiper

August 2015

327

 

2016

   

328

See Note 3.

2016

Hooded Merganser

February 2016

329

 

Notes

1.     The Siberian Stonechat was split from the European Stonechat. Siberian Stonechat had previously been recorded as a sub-species.

2.     The Isabelline Shrike, seen in 201 was accepted as a valid sighting in 2013

3.    Bean Goose was split into Taiga Been Goose and Tundra Bean Goose. Both have previously been recorded as sub-species.

Two species — White-tailed Fish-eagle and Chough — were seen in the county in 2007, the first time since 1935 and the mid 19th Century, respectively. 

Around 200 species are seen annually in the county:

  Year   1998   1999   2000   2001   2002   2003   2004   2005   2006   2007
Species 200 206 197 197 199 192 195 200 193 196
County firsts 2 2 0 0 2 0 3 1 0 1
  Year   2008   2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014   2015   2016  
Species 197 191 191 207 203 200 199 196 201  
County firsts 2 1 0 0 1 3 2 1 1  

 

For the full list of birds seen in Wiltshire as of February 2016, please see https://www.wiltshirebirds.co.uk/WOS_docs/Wiltshire_Bird_list.pdf

Breeding: 147 (46%) species have nested on at least one occasion, of which 119 (37%) are regular breeders. Seven (2%) are former breeders, three of which (Black Grouse, Great Bustard and Cirl Bunting) are extinct in the county, and four (Corncrake, Wryneck, Marsh Warbler and Red-backed Shrike) still occur as vagrants. Three more (Ring Ouzel, Redwing and Golden Oriole) may also have nested but without there being clear evidence.

Wintering: 125 (39%) species winter regularly in the county. Hooded Crow was once an annual winter visitor, but there have been no recent records.

Residents: 88 (28%) species are both regular breeders and regular in winter.

Migrants: 35 (11%) species are regarded as mainly passage migrants or wanderers, neither breeding nor wintering regularly, although three — Mediterranean and Yellow-legged Gulls, and Crossbill — occur widely outside what are regarded as the normal passage periods.

Vagrants: 125 (40%) species occur very infrequently, ten of which have not been recorded in the county for more than 100 years.

Introductions: 13 (4%) species on the Wiltshire List are 'naturalised'. Three — Greylag and Barnacle Geese, and Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) — are found naturally elsewhere in Great Britain, but those that occur in Wiltshire are believed to have derived from introduced stock. Ruddy Shelduck is included in this group, although the origins of past records, and the case for genuine vagrancy, remain a much-discussed issue. The Red Kites that breed in Wiltshire also derive from introduced stock but, as part of a deliberate reintroduction programme for conservation purposes, are not included among these 13.

Escapes: a large number of other bird species have also been recorded in the county but, as obvious or likely escapes (many are simply escaped cagebirds) that have not come from self-sustaining populations, these are not included as part of the Wiltshire List.

Submitting records

Records of all birds seen in Wiltshire should be submitted to the County Recorder. Records of rare species are assessed by the WOS Records Panel. For details of what information should be submitted, and a list of those species requiring a description, see Submission of records.

* See the BOURC website for a full explanation of the categories of the British List

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