Supplying bird records for the Bird Report and Archive

We would like to encourage everyone to submit their Cumbrian bird records as these are vital for conservation.  Please note these and submit them after the year end, ie preferably by the end of January for records from the previous year. 

To report a latest sighting, please contact us selecting category latest sighting. This won't be an official record, so please note it in BirdTrack or in a spreadsheet as described below.  For immediate chat about sightings, please join the Birding Cumbria Google group or the Cumbria Birding Facebook group.

If possible please use the CBC records spreadsheet to log your sightings - full instructions and examples are on the spreadsheet.  Please save the spreadsheet to your own computer and store results in it until the end of the year.  For any queries on the use of the spreadsheet such as conversion of data you already store electronically please contact the archivist Dave Shackleton at or tel: 01931 713693 but please note that the spreadsheets themselves should be sent to the appropriate Regional Recorder.

Alternatively, you can use record cards, available from Ronnie Irving, details below.

Regional Recorders:

Barrow and South Lakeland
Ronnie Irving
24 Birchwood Close, Kendal LA9 5BJ
01539 727523
Carlisle and Eden
Pete Howard
016977 42206
Allerdale and Copeland
Nick Franklin
01228 810413

Cumbria District Councils


Some records of rarer species require descriptions for validation.  A Description Form is downloadable here and should be sent, preferably by email, direct to the appropriate Regional Recorder or the County Recorder as soon as possible after the event.

Observers are referred to the Guide for Submitting Bird Records for further details regarding record submission and species requiring descriptions.

County Recorder

Chris Hind

CBC Latest Sightings

Bob Jones lists latest sightings on this website.  If you would like anything included, please submit these to Bob using our contact form - select category "latest sighting". We would also welcome any photos that we can publish so let us know if you have these available.  Note: this is not a substitute for reporting the sightings as described above.


The following national reporting schemes are available