A classic example of citizen science, the North-East Scotland Bird Report (NESBR) has been published since 1974, initially by students at Aberdeen University’s Dept. of Zoology, and has evolved into a professionally printed, full-colour publication, comprising more than 190 pages in the current issue - NESBR 2020.
Contents include a systematic list of bird species recorded in the year, together with numerous articles on breeding, ringing, rarities etc. and generously illustrated with photographs, artworks, tables, and charts. Since NESBR 2017, there are also sections on Mammals and Amphibians & Reptiles.
Community involvement in NESBR continues to rise exponentially – in excess of 113,600 individual records from more than 530 named contributors were submitted, an increase of over 25% on both counts, over the previous year, before being processed, compiled and subsequently pulled together for publication by the Editor and a supporting cast.
All involved give of their time freely to produce what is not only a much-anticipated annual event amongst many birders but also acts as an important source of data to conservation agencies, scientists, educators, businesses etc in support of their work.
Back issues are available for most years, although an increasing number are out of print. Prices are £10 – where copies are in very short supply – or £5 for all others – see individual details in the Back Issues section. P&P will be charged at cost and advised to prospective buyers before an invoice is raised.
A rare passage migrant to the North-East, Temminck's Stint has been recorded more frequently in recent years. This image by Ron Macdonald was taken at the Ugie Estuary.