• Please be aware that avian influenza has been confirmed in the Western Isles. Great Skua and Gannet are the worst affected currently but a range of other bird species can be infected. Please avoid contact with dead birds, give sick and dying birds space, keep dogs on leads and report all such instances to Defra (03459 335577). RSPB and Nature Scot are working together to collate all records of birds with suspected avian influenza on the islands. If you see a suspected case of avian influenza please email a record to robyn.stewart@rspb.org.uk, including date, species (if known) and location.
  • When here in the Outer Hebrides and looking at a bird, have you ever wondered how rare it is? The status of all species can vary enormously from island to island. How rare is Shoveler on Barra, has Stock Dove been seen on Harris, does Dotterel occur on Benbecula in the autumn, and how common is Blue Tit on North Uist? Well, fret no longer! The Status and Distribution of birds here on the Outer Hebrides has been completely updated and summarised for every species and each of the main islands and outliers. Available as an online resource at https://status.outerhebrides-birdreports.org/ or via our shop

    New - now available as an ebook

Useful Links

Useful birding links

Sightings. Send your sightings and/or photos to: sightings@outerhebridesbirds.org.uk or voicemail on 01851 741250

County Bird Recorder: Yvonne Benting recorder@outerhebridesbirds.org.uk Tel: 07501 332803

BirdTrack: www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack/bird-recording

Curracag - The Outer Hebrides Natural History Society: www.curracag.org.uk

Outer Hebrides Biological Recording (OHBR): www.ohbr.org.uk

Hebridensis - Flora, fauna, landscapes of the Outer Hebrides, a very handy reference site: www.hebridensis.co.uk


  • Scotland Headquarters, Dunedin House, 25 Ravelston Terrace, Edinburgh EH4 3TP, 01313 116500, www.rspb.org.uk/scotland
  • North Scotland Regional Office, Etive House, Beechwood Park, Inverness IV2 3BW, 01463 715000
  • Jamie Boyle, Uist Reserves Manager, 9 Grenitote, Isle of North Uist HS6 5BP, 01876 560287, Jamie.Boyle@rspb.org.uk


  • Regional Representative for Lewis & Harris: Chris Reynolds, 11 Reef, Isle of Lewis HS2 9HU, 01851 672376, cmreynolds@btinternet.com
  • Regional Representative for Benbecula & the Uists: Yvonne Benting, Suthainn, Askernish, Isle of South Uist HS8 5SY, 07501 332803, uistbto@gmail.com
  • Head Office: The Nunnery, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 2PU, 01842 750050 (Fax 01842 750030), www.bto.org
  • BTO Scotland: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences Cottrell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, 01786 466560 (Fax 01786 466561)

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH): 32-34 Francis Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2ND, 01851 705258 (Fax 01851 704900) and 135 Stilligarry, Isle of South Uist HS8 5RS, 01870 620238 (Fax 01870 620350), www.snh.gov.uk

Scottish Raptor Monitoring Co-ordinator (raptors, owls & ravens): Amy Challis, c/o BTO Scotland: School of Biological and Environmental Sciences Cottrell Building, University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA, 01786 466560 (Fax 01786 466561) amy.challis@bto.org

Scottish Ornithologists’ Club (SOC): Waterston House, Aberlady, East Lothian EH32 0PY, 01875 871330 (Fax 01875 871035), www.the-soc.org.uk

BirdGuides: www.birdguides.com

Rare Bird Alert: www.rarebirdalert.co.uk

Highland Foundation for Wildlife: www.roydennis.org

Neighbouring birding areas

  • Published
    Feb 6, 2017
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