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The Birds of Sussex
  - Species Records and the Sussex List

May 2012 Update:
The current Sussex List, available as an Excel spreadsheet, can be downloaded by => clicking here


Abbreviations and Definitions for species records

Terms used to describe the abundance of the species in the county.

   Breeding Pairs  Winter/Passage
Very rare   1-10 records in total since 1962
Rare less than annual less than annual
Very scarce 1-10 per year 1-20 per year
Scarce 11-100 21-200
Fairly common 101-1000 201-2000
Common 1001-5000 2001-10,000
Very Common 5001-30,000 10,001-60,000
Abundant 30,000+ 60,000+

See Birds of Sussex page 82 for more information on the above.

Status Abbreviations

R resident, breeds
BV breeding visitor, but not resident (usually a summer visitor)
SV summer visitor, but does not breed
WV winter visitor
PM passage migrant (spring and autumn)
SpV spring visitor
AV autumn visitor
V vagrant

Where abundance differs according to season the values are separated by slash e.g. scarce/common R/WV for Cormorant denotes scare resident breeder and common winter visitor.

Key to abbreviations and references in species details

WB record published by Walpole-Bond (up to 1936), sometimes in [ ]
dFH record specifically included in des Forges and Harber (up to 1960-61)
>> attempted reconciliation with des Forges and Harber's totals
* published in relevant South Eastern Bird Report (1937-1947) or Sussex Bird Report (1948-present)
*82 published in Sussex Bird Report for 1982 etc
*/*92 details published in relevant bird report but subsequently amended
× record published in relevant British Birds Rarities Report (1958-present)
×91 record published in 1991 British Birds Rarities Report etc
[ ] record no longer considered acceptable or of suspect origin
HR 'Hastings Rarity' see British Birds 55:229-384. These records were excluded by des Forges and Harber
record awaiting acceptance by relevant committee
record not submitted to relevant committee, but considered genuine
BoMNH Booth Museum of Natural History (followed by individual catalogue number)
ES East Sussex
WS West Sussex

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