• 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 instances of five or more dead birds of one species to Defra (03459 335577).

  • 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

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OHB Admin

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These are the rules of this website and they will be used by moderators with the intention of making the site a good and comfortable place to share and exchange anything related to birds and birding in the Outer Hebrides.

Point system: This website has implemented a point system for those users that violate any of the rules below. Every member starts with 0 points, but for each infraction the user is given x number of warning points. Each point given is automatically removed 1 month later.

Users that accumulate the following number of active/non-expired points will see the following:
1-4 points - No action
5-9 points - All posts need to be approved by a moderator
10-19 points - Banned for 1 month
20-29 points - Banned for 3 months
30 and more points (does not expire) - Banned.

If you see that any of your posts have been moderated, please check your current Point Balance on your profile page (under your avatar).

1) Please do not be rude or write anything that can be considered a personal attack. We can have opinions that differ on topics, but we should not get rude or personal. What is rude? or what is a personal attack and what is not? The "receiver" of a comment might think it is rude/a personal attack, while the author might disagree. The final judgement is made by the moderators (we will do the best we can).

2) No discussions on religion, sports and politics. These topics "always" end in a fight, so let's not go there.

3) Obscene language and subjects are prohibited. The occasional slip will be tolerated, but please do not let it become a habit.

4) No trolling. Trolling consists of provoking large volumes of responses by posting absurdities, deliberately offensive insults, etc.

5) Personal comments that are not of general interest should be done by using a Private Message/Conversation. If it's a private comment, then it's a private message.

6) If you do not agree on a moderator decision, please contact the moderator or @OHB Admin in a Private Conversation. All disagreements should be handled in Private Conversations and not in public.

7) Each person is only allowed to have one account in the forum.

8) Signatures should be a maximum of 3 lines "tall".

12) For photos uploaded to the website
(including the Photo section) the following rules apply:
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  • Please only upload photos that are your own or ones that you have the permission of the person who took the image.
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