Photos by Steve Hopper

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-  You don't need to live in the parish

-  Submit as few or as many sightings as you wish - every record adds to our knowledge

-  Record sightings in your garden, out walking, at work or any other occasion 

-  We need records of rare and common birds so don't ignore Blue Tits or Starlings

Brent Birders Unlocked
Meeting on Friday 21st October
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We're pleased to announce our first Brent Birders talk since before the pandemic.  It will be on 21st October in the Methodist Church hall starting at 7.30pm.  It will be given by Dave Scott and entitled "Rare Jewels from the high fells" with a focus on the Northumbrian uplands.  The photo above is of a freshly hatched Merlin chick.

Dave is an artist by day, specialising in wildlife art primarily & portrait work.  He is a ringer for the BTO, monitoring and ringing a range of birds including Merlins, Ouzels and wader species on the high fells.  Dave specialises in finding nests of these species, many of which are rarely seen.  He also runs a bird rehabilitation centre near South Brent and is a photography guide for clients in Africa. 

We look forward to seeing you there and, as usual, refreshments will be complimentary. 

We've realised that there are several people who missed out buying our book "The Birds of South Brent Parish" and so we've had a few more printed.  These will be available for you to buy at the meeting at the bargain price of £17.50.  We'll even sign your copy if you wish!  Alternatively you can contact Peter Reay to reserve your copy.

The May 2022 Brent Bird Survey Results are in !!!

The South Brent Parish Bird Survey began in 2014 and aims to monitor the birds of the parish in both winter and the breeding season, by ensuring that all 52 1-km squares are visited by at least once by one observer in January and May each year to record the species seen and heard.  


In May 2022, the ninth year of the survey, 17 observers paid 172 square visits and recorded 84 species, similar to most previous years.  This compares to 19 observers, 205 square visits and 78 species in 2021.

The report and analysis of the May 2022 results can be downloaded here.


The full data results for January and May from the start of the survey in 2014 can be downloaded here:

The Birds of South Brent Parish

a 2022 Addendum

Our book "The Birds of South Brent Parish" was published in March 2018, and although it included records from 2017 and early 2018, it is now out of date by nearly five years.   We have now produced an Addendum to accompany the latest small print run of the book.  The focus is on additions to the parish list and records of other rare and scarce species since 2017, but also includes occurrences in new months, new breeding records and some other observations of change.  Additional records now bring the parish bird species total to a remarkable 165.

If you already have a copy of "The Birds of South Brent Parish" or plan to buy one of our new limited print run or would just like to see an overview of the birds recorded on the parish you can download the Addendum pdf here.

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Since the start of the Brent Bird Survey in 2014 several reports have been written summarising sightings of new and exotic species in the parish as well as those which are rather more familar but equally exciting.  These reports can be downloaded from the links below or click on the images (BBS = Brent Bird Survey ; BBGBS = Brend Birders Garden Bird Survey):






19.   The Birds of South Brent Parish - 2022 Addendum

18bBBS Species January and May Data (2014 to 2022)

18aBBS January 2022 Report


16.   BBS January 2021 Report

15.   BBS January & May 2020 Summary

14.   BBGBS 2019/20 Report

13.   BBS Annual Report 2019

12.   BBGBS Oct-Dec 2019 Report

11.   BBGBS Oct'18 to Apr'19 Report

10.  BBGBS Oct-Dec 2018 Report

09.  BBS Annual Report 2017-18

08.  BBS May 2018 Report

07.  BBS January 2018 Report

06.  BBS May 2017 Report

05.  BBS Feb-Apr 2017 Report

04.  BBS January 2017 Report

03.  BBS Annual Report 2016

02.  BBS Annual Report 2015

01.  BBS Annual Report 2014




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            23                22                 21               20                 19                  18b               18a               17

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            16                15                 14               13                 12                  11                 10               09

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A crib sheet for breeding codes, grid references and square numbers

This Crib Sheet may be useful to all observers out there.  It converts between Ordnance Grid References and the square numbering used by the Brent Bird Survey.  It shows the geographic layout of the squares.  It also shows the codes to be used in the breeding part of the survey.


I print it out in A6 size as this fits neatly inside the back cover of my field notebook but you can resize it to whatever page size you wish.  If you're not sure how to do this let me (Phil) know.  You can reach me either directly or via the "Contact Us" form at the bottom of this web page.



You can download the Crib Sheet here.





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Click on the links below to go directly to the latest survey data.


Survey Overview:

Parish Map

Species Count

Surveyor Coverage

Non-bird Survey

Bird Species Maps:

Bird Distribution Spreadsheets:



Parish Map - pdf


Garden Bird Survey Recording Form (pdf)


Garden Bird Survey Recording Form (xlsx)


Garden Bird Survey Guidelines (pdf)


2022 Bird Recording Form -

       pdf or Excel (xlsx or xls)


2022 Non-Bird Recording Form -

      pdf or Excel (xlsx or xls)


2022 Recording Guidelines - pdf


Observers Crib Sheet - pdf


Breeding Birds Form -

     pdf or Excel (xlsx or xls)


Breeding Birds Guidelines - pdf



Brent Bird Survey Report 2014 - pdf


Brent Bird Survey Report 2015 - pdf


Brent Bird Survey Report 2016 - pdf


  • Thanks to the BTO for permission to use their photographs on the results charts

  • Thanks to Steve Hopper and Keith Male for permission to use their bird photographs on this site.