Recording and Publishing Data on our Wildlife



Lancashire Birds

The NEW Atlas of breeding and wintering birds of Lancashire is here!

Download the pdfs by clicking on the link - they are large files so may take some time depending on your internet speed. If you intend to use the data for anything other than personal amateur use, please note the comments in section 1.

Part 1 - Introduction

Part 2 - Wildfowl

Part 3 - Gamebirds to rails

Part 4 - Waders

Part 5 - Skuas to Woodpeckers

Part 6 - Shrikes to hirundines

Part 7 - Warblers to Dipper

Part 8 - Thrushes to pipits

Part 9 - Finches and buntings

Part 10 - Appendices

Lancashire and North Merseyside is blessed with a huge range of habitats and this is mirrored in its rich avifauna. The Lancashire list currently stands at 354 species with 148 breeding in the area. The following pages summarise the status of Lancashire's birds as of 2002.

BREEDING is based on Breeding Bird Survey 1997-1999
Abundant: > 5000 pairs
Common: < 5001 pairs
Fairly common: < 1001 pairs
Uncommon: < 251 pairs
Scarce: breeding in < 38 tetrads or < 51 pairs
Rare: breeding in < 7 tetrads or < 11 pairs
Occasional: less than annual
Former: not in last ten years

PASSAGE/WINTER is based on records for last 25 years (1974-1998)
Abundant: > 2000 annually
Common: < 2001 annually
Fairly common: < 201 annually
Uncommon: < 21 annually
Scarce: < 101 records
Rare: < 26 records
Vagrant: < 11 records
Records in brackets signify records pre-1974

The new 'Birds of Lancashire' is available from Subbuteo and details the status of Lancashire birds up to 2006 with even a few reords from 2007 thrown in for good measure.

The systematic list has been revised in accordance with the latest BOU list. The full systematic order can be found in an excel file by clicking here.


Species and Sub-species Requiring Full Descriptions

The following species require a description if they are to be admitted into the official list as they are significant rarities in the regional sense. Natioanl rarities should be sent to the BBRC panel but all should ideally be sent via the Recorder.

Taiga Bean Goose

American Golden Plover

Red-rumped Swallow

(Richardson’s) Cackling Goose

Temminck’s Stint

Cetti’s Warbler

Black Brant

White-rumped Sandpiper

Dartford Warbler

American Wigeon

Pectoral Sandpiper

Aquatic Warbler

Ring-necked Duck

Buff-breasted Sandpiper

Marsh Warbler

Ferruginous Duck

Red-necked Phalarope

Icterine Warbler

Surf Scoter

Long-tailed Skua

Melodious Warbler

Black Grouse

Sabine’s Gull

Barred Warbler

Great Shearwater

Ring-billed Gull

Western Subalpine Warbler

Sooty Shearwater

Caspian Gull

Greenish Warbler

Cory’s Shearwater

White-winged Black Tern

Yellow-browed Warbler

Balearic Shearwater

Roseate Tern

Pallas’s Warbler

Wilson’s Petrel

Little Auk

Radde’s Warbler

Night Heron


Dusky Warbler

Purple Heron

Turtle Dove

Siberian Chiffchaff

Cattle Egret


Rose-coloured Starling

Great White Egret

Alpine Swift

Red-breasted Flycatcher

Glossy Ibis



Red-necked Grebe



Honey Buzzard


Richard’s Pipit

Black Kite

Golden Oriole

Tawny Pipit

Montagu’s Harrier

Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

Red-throated Pipit

White-tailed Eagle

   (away from Chorley woods)


Golden Eagle

Red-backed Shrike

Common (Mealy) Redpoll

Rough-legged Buzzard

Woodchat Shrike

Coues’s Arctic Redpoll

Red-footed Falcon


Common Rosefinch

Spotted Crake

Marsh and Willow Tit

Lapland Bunting


   (out of normal range)

Ortolan Bunting

Common Crane


Little Bunting

Stone Curlew

Short-toed Lark

Cirl Bunting


Swans to Gamebirds

Divers to Herons

Raptors to Rails


Skuas to Sandgrouse

Pigeons to Swallows

Warblers to Starlings

Thrushes to Buntings


If you are not sure where some of Lancashire's best birding sites are, then have a look at this link.

Birding Sites



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