Submissions of sightings may be made directly to this website
via the "Latest Bucks Sightings" page. Any records submitted in this way
are immediately available for other birders to view (but see Note below) and any
sightings of "scarce" birds are emailed to members of the Bucksbirders email
Records submitted in this way are
automatically made available to the Club Recorder and the County Recorders.
Therefore it is not necessary for records to be submitted to the recorders at
the month/year end.
In order to submit your bird
sightings you will need to register. To do this follow these steps:
Visit the "Buckinghamshire
Bird News" page (Latest Sightings).
Click on "Register", enter
your personal details and click on Save. Please note that you must use
your correct name and not an alias or just initials. This is to allow
sightings to be correctly attributed to observers in subsequent monthly and
An email will be sent to the
email address that you registered with. This contains a web link which
you will need to click on in order to confirm your registration.
After this you will be able
to submit your sightings.
To submit your sightings:
Tick Boxes: Tick as appropriate.
Visit the "Buckinghamshire
Bird News" page (Latest Sightings).
Click on "Sign In", enter
your login name and password.
Click on "Submit Bird News".
Fill in the following fields
Date (this is set to
today's date by default).
Select the site from the
pull down list. Note that typing the first few letters of the site will
help you home in on your selection.
Alternatively, if the
site is not listed, you may enter the site in the blank box.
Please note that a map reference is required in this case.
Select the species from
the pull down list. Note that typing the first few letters of the
species name will help you home in on your selection.
If you are fortunate
enough to find a species that has not previously been recorded in the
county, then select "MEGA" and enter the species name in the notes
If you are submitting a
sighting that was made by someone else then please record the finders
name (or source) in the Notes field. e.g. Found by Joe
Bloggs OR per Birdguides.
Please enter any other
useful or interesting information in the notes field.
Other fields on the entry
form are optional. Some of these are explained below.
– By ticking this box the sighting will not appear on the website or be
posted as an email. Tick this if it is felt that that the sighting
should be withheld. The information will however be made available to
the administrators and may be used in later publications. Please note
that some species that are scarce breeding birds in the county are
automatically flagged as confidential.
Send Email Alert – This flag indicates if an email will
be sent to the Bucksbirders email group when the sighting is submitted.
For commoner species this box is left empty, but for any species
classified as “Scarce” or higher, then this box is automatically
ticked. Users may change the flag setting as they see fit. Sometimes
it is nice to post an email about odd behaviour in a common species and
sometimes it is better to suppress an email if you know an email has
already been posted to the group. For “Rare and “Very Rare” species,
emails are always posted (unless flagged as confidential).
Click on Add Sighting.
Note that the species name is added to the top left hand corner of the form
under the "Your Sightings" list. You may enter up to ten species for
one site, after which you will have to select the site again. Also
note that a keyboard shortcut may be used instead of clicking on "Add
When you have finished adding
species (or reached the limit of ten species) you may edit or delete any of
the sightings you have made. When you have done this click on "Submit"
and your sightings will be added to the website database. Details of
any scarce sightings will be emailed to the email group.
Continue submitting sightings
When finished "Sign Out" and
close the browser window.
Note: Sightings of some
potential breeding birds will excluded from the sightings website and not sent
to the email group. However, if the website administrator/s feel that the
publication of any excluded sightings do not constitute a security threat to the
species in question, then the sighting will be "released" to the website and
To view the species settings for
scarce species which will generate and email and for those scarce breeding
species that may suppressed, visit the Species
It is possible for the submitter of a sighting to edit or
delete that record. The buttons that control this are only available if the
user is logged in.
When visiting the sightings page all of the sightings for
that day are automatically displayed. If the user then logs in, then the
sightings are displayed according to that users personal settings. The user can
choose to change the order of the display or filter out the commoner species.
It is possible to display sightings for previous days by
clicking on the “Previous Day” button.
When logged in click on “Account” to set user preferences.
This will enable to edit your personal details and to adjust the site settings
to your preferences. Please note that your First Name and Surname should be in
full, as the records need to be clearly assigned to an observer and not just a
set of initials. The preferences are described below.:
Bird News Sort Order – You can make
your default settings as species order, date added, site, observer, rarity
Bird News Filter – You may set this to
display only species of a certain rarity level and higher. Useful for
excluding the very common species.
Species Order – This may be set to
“Taxonomic” or “Alphabetical” order.
Names – This may be set to “British Vernacular Name” or “International
Terms and Conditions
By registering on
you agree to abide by these terms and
- We reserve the right to remove your access at any time and
without notice or explanation
- We reserve the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any
time and without notice
- You are responsible for managing your account details
- You don't deliberately submit false information
- We reserve the right to edit and delete your submissions at any
time and without notice or explanation
- We will not be held responsible for the accuracy of the
- You have taken the photograph yourself or have the permission of
the photographer to submit it
- The photo was taken in Buckinghamshire
- You grant us royalty-free rights to use the photo in any way on
the website. However, the copyright remains with the photographer
- We may cut, edit and crop your photo as we see fit
- We may remove your photo at any time and without notice or
- Your name will always appear by your photo but we may edit or
delete any comments you provide
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