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The Lincs Bird Club would like to acknowledge all the people who give up their time to record the county birds and submit thier records.

We would especially like to thank the committee, the County recorders, and those who take an active role in running this club

We acknowledge and thank the following people for use of their images on this website.

  • Graham Catley
  • John Clarkson
  • Dean Eades
  • Russell Hayes
  • Phil Hyde
  • Steve Keightley
  • Paul Neale
  • Dave Roberts
  • Russ Telfer
  • Ben Ward

We acknowledge and thank the following people for writing site guides for the website.

  • Andrew Chick
  • Colin Casey
  • Geoff Williams
  • Jim Wright


Gathering records for the LBC database

In order to compile our annual report voluneers take records from almost anywhere, such as from the Forum, Facebook and Twitter but the correct way to send in records in using the LBC Spreadsheet Template.

Records in the same format as the LBC Spreadsheet Template can be imported in seconds and to keep the database as up to date as we can we hope that the county birders will submit thier records on a monthly basis.

The LBC Database is kept using Wildlife Recorder to store its records. If you use this or Bird Recorder written by Jack Levene can export your records and then send then by email as an exported csv file. This information is then imported directly into the LBC version of Wildlife Recorder. From our point of view this is obviously the best option, as it involves less work and gives us more time for bird watching!

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Birdtrack is the online service from the BTO, and it has an export routine that will export your records as a csv so we can modify the data and then import the records into the LBC Database.

BTO BirdTrack

Some members use the online igoterra system to store their worldwide records and it offers a csv export routine which can be emailed to us for inclution in the LBC Database.

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Another software and online package that offers an export routine is Bird Journal

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Keeping the records up to date is a huge task, especially when those doing the recording in the field send in their records as text or even written in an email. Another option is the use of spreadsheets. The best format is known as a “Trip”, which gives the date and location, together with a list of birds seen (not necessarily in systematic order) with the number of each species seen. The information can be copied onto a special template, which has been designed by Andrew Chick, and again can be imported into the database. If anyone is interested in submitting records in this way, a copy of this template, shown below, is available on request.

lbc records format

H = heard only, several other codes are also used, ie E = escape etc, we will add these codes as appropriate.

Click here to download this template – LBC Recording Template

If you have no method of recording your sightings, an email to the county recorders or us would be most acceptable, using the same format as for spreadsheets, ie in “Trip” format.

We wouldn’t object if the same information is hand written and sent to the county recorders by ‘snail-mail’, preferably with the information in the same order as for spreadsheets/emails.

For those who are not members of the LBC there is the Casual/Confidential facility available on the Forum. Why not join – for £12 a year we think it is good value!!

So that we can continue the momentum, you can help by letting us have your records as soon as possible after the year end – we are aiming for a cut-off date of 28th February for every year.

Sheila and Colin Jennings

September 2009

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Phil Espin Hon. Chairman
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28 Grimsby Road Louth Lincs LN11 0DY

Jon Cooper t Hon. Treasurer
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Jim Wright Hon. Secretary
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Mike Harrison Hon. Membership Secretary
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Baumber Park, Baumber, Horncastle, Lincs, LN9 5NE.

Events Organiser - Sally Prescott
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Andrew Chick, Mike Harrison, Jon Cooper, Phil Espin, Bill Sterling and Phil Hyde

LBC Sales c/o Bill Sterling CEO & Founder
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"Newlyn", 5 Carlton Avenue, Healing, N.E.Lincs, DN41 7PW Cheques made payable to the 'Lincolnshire Bird Club'

County Recorder

North Lincolnshire

Vacant (please use contact details below)

South Lincolnshire

Phil Hyde
The Hawthorns, Legbourne, Louth, Lincolnshire LN11 8NH
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AGM 2020 - Tim Birkhead

Author and academic Tim Birkhead to speak at club’s 2020 AGM

TIM Birkhead has agreed to be the guest speaker at the LBC's 24th March 2020  annual meeting.

Until his recent retirement, Tim had been Professor of Behaviour and Evolution at Sheffield University since 1976.

He has always combined his enthusiasm for research with a passion for undergraduate teaching.

He has taught courses on ecology, evolution, statistics, birds, behavioural ecology, animal behaviour and the history and philosophy of science.

An authority on guillemots, specifically those that nest on Skomer Island,  his data on the species has yielded important insights on the impact of climate change, integrity of habitat, warmer oceans and food supplies.

Tim  is the author of numerous, award-winning books including The Wisdom of Birds: An Illustrated History of Ornithology.

The club's annual meeting will be at 7.30pm on March 24 at The Golf Hotel in Woodhall Spa.

An update on his guillemot research project is at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/guillemotsskomer               

Photo: Tim Birkhead - with  ‘team members’

Birds of Lincolnshire

Birds of Lincolnshire

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The Lincolnshire Bird Club Committee are pleased to announce the publication of a new county avifauna: Birds of Lincolnshire. Featuring a front cover painting by Nik Borrow commemorating the first Pallas’s Sandgrouse invasion at Saltfleetby in April 1863.

Birds of Lincolnshire is a full county avifauna A4 size book with 240 pages. It covers all 402 BOU category ABC bird species recorded in the county from 1500 up to 2019 and certain key records for 2020 and much more. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos of birds seen in Lincolnshire, county landscapes and aerial photographs of key nature reserves.

The authors writing and producing Birds of Lincolnshire the late Colin Casey, the former Database Manager for the Lincolnshire Bird Club, former County Recorder John Clarkson, Chair of LBC Philip Espin and current County Recorder Philip Hyde. All four are Lincolnshire born and bred and have been involved in the writing and production of the annual Lincolnshire Bird Report over the past decade. All have been members of LBC since it was founded in 1979.

The book contains sections covering the following:

  • Introduction
  • Details of how birds are recorded in the county with maps showing county coverage.
  • A description of the bird habitats and natural regions of Lincolnshire with maps showing the extent of different habitat types.
  • Details of past and present breeding birds of Lincolnshire and how they have changed over the last 50 years.
  • An account of important sites in the county by region supported by tables of sites ranked by number of species and rare birds recorded and site grid references.
  • A short history of the Lincolnshire Bird Club.
  • A systematic list of all BOU accepted species in the county. The status of each species is described and all sightings listed for rare and scarcer species. Each species account is accompanied by local  photographs or drawings with distribution maps of sightings and graphs of abundance changes where appropriate. For regular occurring species an indication of the population size and changing status is provided.
  • A systematic list of birds recorded in Lincolnshire and not yet accepted by BOU on to the full British list are covered.
  • A list of species new to the Lincolnshire list since the last avifauna was published in 1989 and their published finders.
  • An extensive gallery of bird images taken in the county.
  • Details of Photographers, Acknowledgements, Supporters and References.
  • A Lincolnshire checklist based on the complete BOU British List showing bird species on the Lincolnshire list with a preface discussing the British species not recorded in the county.

Birds of Lincolnshire cost £43 to the public including second class postage and packaging and costs £33 including second class postage and packaging for members.

Phil Espin, Chair Lincs Bird Club

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How to keep your sightings

There are a number of Programs and online services that enable you to store your bird sightings

Wildlife Recorder - This is a powerful and full-featured program for Windows. Used by the LBC to keep it records and by many birders and clubs throughout the world

BirdTrack - This is a free online service from the BTO where you can enter your records into their database. The LBC gets between 15000 and 20000 records from BirdTrack each month.

iGoTerra - An online service, paid by subscription.

Bird Journal - An offline and online service, free or paid by subscription. Runs on all platforms.

How to send in your sightings

Birdwatching is our passion, but to go one step further with your hobby, please send in your sighting records so they can be stored and used an essential part of this.

Most software packages will export your records in a spreadsheet format which can be converted to our LBC Template and then imported directly into our database.

Once you have your spreadsheet simply send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. along with your contact details

LBC AGM 2019

The LBC AGM Notice was emailed to all LBC Members on March 6th 2019.

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Our speaker at the AGM on Tuesday April 9th 2019 at 7.30pm will be local Lincs birder Alex Lees, who is now a respected academic ecologist. Alex Lees is a lecturer in biodiversity at Manchester Metropolitan University and lives in the Peak District. Twitter: @Alexander_Lees

He will be talking about Rewilding and has some interesting ideas to share about opportunities in Lincs.

We are changing the venue this year to The Golf Hotel, Woodhall Spa and I look forward to seeing you all there. 

The Golf Hotel

The Broadway
Woodhall Spa
Nr. Lincoln
LN10 6SG


About Us

We are the Lincolnshire Bird Club

Our aims are to encourage and further the interest in the birdlife of the historic County of Lincolnshire; to participate in organised fieldwork activities; to collect and publish information on bird movements, behaviour, distribution and populations; to encourage conservation of the wildlife of the County and to provide sound information on which conservation policies can be based.