As you may all be aware during our AGM at Spurn Bird Obs we discussed changing some scores for certain species. After much debate we decided to change 34 species based on losing or gaining BB status, declines and increases in more common species and deleting a couple plastic species or non-existent sub species. We have discussed all the changes in the latest podcast (which can be listened to by clicking here) but here is a very brief overview of the changes:
Lets start with the species that we have promoted from a 4 pointer to a 5 pointer.
Several species have went the other way and have been demoted from 5 points to 4 points:
Four species have been increased from 3 points to 4 points as they all have become BBRC species again:
And six species have went the opposite way as they lost their BBRC status so 3 points for the following as of 2017:
Blyth's Reed Warbler
Three species have been upgraded from 2 points to 3 points, the first due to the increasing difficulty in finding them bar a few hotspots and the latter two to clear up a sub-species anomaly we created by mistake! So as of 2017 it will be bonus points if you find any of these:
Any non-flavissima Yellow Wagtail
The next category hurts slightly as we see some of our old faithful 3 pointers cut down to 2 pointers, mainly because they are pretty common now so if you find any of these next year there will be no bonus points on offer:
Great White Egret
On the plus side five 1 pointers have been upgraded to 2 pointers as a result of their much publicised declines in the country:
Only one species has went the opposite way as the ever increasing populations of Little Egret sees it reduced to a 1 point bird.
And finally the 2 species/sub-species that will now score 0 points:
All point changes will be in place as of 1st January 2017 and the new website (hopefully) will have these changes in place for your scoring at the start of the year.