Welcome to the 2020 Lincolnshire Bird Report

On behalf of the Lincolnshire Bird Club (LBC) we are pleased to present our annual report on the birds of Lincolnshire. The publication of the Bird Report involves a huge amount of work, with many individuals involved in its publication and thanks are due to the observers and organizations who submit and share records to LBC and our County Recorder Phil Hyde who oversees our records process and the team that processes them into our database.  He also solicits, checks and edits much of the other material in the report. The Lincolnshire Bird Records Committee (LBRC) chaired by Nige Lound vets our records, and Roy Harvey provides support as secretary. Philip Espin collates our records for our annual report to the Rare Breeding Birds Panel and that information is replicated in relevant species accounts in this report. He also prepares the analysis of BBS data in species accounts and the Trends of our red data species of conservation concern on the inside back cover

Data collection

With the sad passing of Colin Casey, our database is now under the stewardship of Charlie Barnes at GLNP. This now brings together records for all Lincolnshire flora and fauna. Unfortunately, we have not been able so far, to replicate the high-quality species data packages Colin produced for report writers.  This has meant much more work for report writers and the team has been reduced to try and ensure consistency for comparisons to 2019 and earlier years. Andrew Chick is working on this issue with Jon Cooper and Charlie Barnes, and we hope to see improvements for 2021. Colin and Sheila Jennings collated the 2020 data submitted directly by members and others, their final contribution; they have now retired from records collation after 17 long years, and we offer our grateful thanks to them for their persistence and hard work. We are also grateful to John and Nicky Clarkson for proof-reading this report.

Contributing Authors

The LBC would like to thank all of the authors who volunteered their time to complete species write-ups or articles for the 2019 report:

Graham Catley (2)                     Phil Espin (97)
Andrew Chick (23)                     Vin Fleming (2)
John Clarkson (1)                      Phil Hyde (185)


LBC is very grateful to the following photographers for supplying images for the 2016 report. All images included in the report have been obtained in Lincolnshire during 2016 and many are referred to in the text.

Front Cover

The LBC is very grateful to Darren Woodhead for permission to use his watercolour of the Black-throated Thrush Turdus atrogularis outside the Grimsby Institute as the front cover of the 2020 report.

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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.