Up to now, BUBO Listing has concentrated on UK lists (or countries/counties within UK). We have allowed listers to enter lists based on a small number of "authorities", i.e. British Ornithologists Union, UK400 club and the Birdwatch Magazine (2006) list. However, following many requests to do so, we are now working towards allowing listing for larger regions, such as the Western Palearctic (plus the world, and other regions). For this purpose, we'd like to establish which "authorities" most people tend to follow for their Western Palearctic lists.

From what we can ascertain, the current options seem to be as follows:

a) To use a world list as the base authority for West Pal listing, main options being Clements 6th edition or Howard & Moore 3rd edition.

b) British Birds have a WP list on their website. This is copyrighted 2000 and has presumably not been updated since?

c) Birdwatch magazine published a list of WP birds in 2000 - has not been updated since?

d) the UK400 club has a WP list - presumably kept fairly up to date?

e) the website www.wpbirds.com looks excellent, but appears not to have been updated since 2005 - has this project stalled or moved elsewhere?

f) the website www.netfugl.dk has an authoritative looking list. Again, its is unclear how often this is updated? Who decides on which species get on?

g) the AERC www.aerc.eu would be suitably authoritative. But how up to date is it? On their website there is a "Bird taxa of the WP" that is undated, although the webpage has not been updated since 2005.

We're quite prepared to set BUBO Listing up for multiple authorities for WP listing, as for the UK, but obviously it would be best for us to concentrate on the most widely used ones.

We'd be very grateful to receive any opinions on this subject.

Andy Musgrove & Mike Prince

Birders may be interested to know of an article about BUBO Listing now to be found on the BirdGuides Webzine. This article is aimed at encouraging as many new users as possible for BUBO Listing and contains many interesting statistics from the lists entered so far.


We'd like to take this opportunity to remind BUBO Listers of the relevant services offered by BirdGuides. BirdGuides offers 4 news services to birdwatchers:

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There are also some facilities offered that are available free of charge. For further details on all BirdGuides' services click here.

BUBO Listing is rapidly becoming the number one online site for bird listing. Supporting lists from most regions of the world, and from sites as diverse as a small UK garden to individual continents and complete world lists, we also allow users to add a bird list for anywhere in the world. We have registered users from 43 different countries, with the majority from the UK, USA and India.

It is our intention always to provide the core listing service of BUBO Listing as a free service to listers. In order to do this, we welcome relevant advertising on the BUBO Listing website.

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Want to see more of the photos on BUBO Listing? You can now click on any photo on the website and see a larger image.

Firecrest (Regulus ignicapilla)   Red-flanked Bluetail (Tarsiger cyanurus)   Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Note that copyright remains with the original photographer. If you wish to use any of these photos, whether electronically or in print, contact BUBO Listing and we will put you in touch with the particular photographer.

BUBO Listing has introduced some new features to the website which now makes it much easier to view not just other listers' lists, but details about the listers themselves.

When logged in you will see a new menu item 'View Listers'. This shows you a list of all BUBO Listers, some information about them, and the number of lists they have registered with BUBO Listing. Click on a particular user to see further details, including exactly which lists they have. You can then click on a list to see the full species details.

Please make this new feature more interesting by editing your own profile, via the 'My Profile' menu item, and providing some information 'about you'. You can also add a picture of yourself: see if you can identify any fellow BUBO Listers whilst out birding!