Colin Bradshaw

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Colin Bradshaw is an English physician and ornithologist who was Chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee from 1997 to 2008. He was active in the BBRC for almost 20 years,[1] both as a Committee member and as Chairman. He is a medical doctor by profession and travels extensively for birding, and among his other hobbies are guitar, cricket, and photography.[2]

As chairman of the BBRC he was responsible for running the organisation, and leading their adjudications of rare bird records in the United Kingdom.[3]

Some testimonies about him given on or after on his retirement in 2008:

  • "After 18 years involvement with the British Birds Rarities Committee, the last 11 as chairman, Colin Bradshaw will retire in 31 March 2008. His outstanding managerial skills and vision have steered the committee through times of great and often difficult change. These have included unprecedented developments in identification and taxonomy, the move to electronic submission and most recently the recruitment of a new secretary. He will now take a very well earned rest."[citation needed]
  • "A lifelong birder, Colin was Chairman of the British Birds Rarities Committee for over a decade. Since retiring from that he has been able to expand the amount of photography he has done. He combines a busy medical career with his other interests of playing guitar, rugby & cricket, travel, cooking birding & photography. He doesn't have much time to sleep!"[2]
  • BirdWatch magazine[4]
  • "Many thanks to Colin Bradshaw for these two fine bird photos taken during a short trip to Islay a couple of weeks ago. Colin retired from the British Birds Rarities Committee in 2008 after a total of 19 years service, including 11 as chairman".[5]

He continued to be involved the BBRC's activities after retiring.[6]




  • Identifying ‘Siberian’ Chiffchaff Phylloscopus collybita tristis This is a short paper produced by Colin Bradshaw
  • It was only the publication of Dr Colin Bradshaw's paper on the identification of Black-faced Bunting E spodocephala, with the section on Similar species dealing with the two reed buntings and, especially, that prompted... in The Carl Zeiss Award
  • Bradshaw, Colin; in British Birds, has written several articles on morphological similarity between cross-generic species-pairs e.g. Eastern Olivaceous and Blyth's Reed warblers (Bradshaw 2000)[12] and Paddyfield and Booted warblers (e.g. Bradshaw & Steele 1995,[13] Bradshaw & Steele 1997,[14] the latter a response to Lars Svensson's comments[15] on Bradshaw & Steele 1995). Wikipedia Tree warbler
  • Bradshaw, Colin; (2000). "Separating Acrocephalus and Hippolais warblers". British Birds 93 (6): 277.
  • Bradshaw, Colin; Steele, Jimmy (1995). "Mystery photographs 195". British Birds 88 (11): 561–564.
  • Bradshaw, Colin; Steele, Jimmy (1997). "Mystery warblers in Tselinograd". British Birds 90 (4): 155–158.
  • Bradshaw, Colin; Trying to Find a White-rumped Sandpiper - A Sad Tale from Cresswell Article by Colin Bradshaw shown by Northumberland & Tyneside Bird Club
  • Bradshaw, Colin; What does the British Birds Rarities Committee do?, Published on 23 May 2004 ref
  • Bradshaw, Colin; A review of the 1950–57 British rarities. British Birds 99(9):460–64 {file available}
  • Bradshaw, Colin; Rare seabirds and a record of Herald Petrel, British Birds 95(4):156–65 {file available}
  • Bradshaw, Colin; (2000) From the rarities committee's files: The occurrence of Moustached Warbler in Britain British Birds 93(1):29–38

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Committee activities[edit]

  • 2000 Association of European Rarities Committees[7]
  • 2000 British Ornithologist's Union Records Committee - 27th Report (October 2000)[8]
  • 1995 Association of European Rarities Committees[9]
  • The British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee (BOURC), responsible for maintaining the official list of birds recorded in Britain[10]


  1. ^ Election Result, Published on 6 February 2001 ref
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ British Birds Rarities Committee, BBRC appoints a new chairman, Published on 23 July 2007
  4. ^ [The Record breaker] 2003, Month 5, Number 131, Strapline Interview, Accredited to David Mairs, Page 40, Subject Colin Bradshaw, BBRC.
  5. ^ Colin Bradshaw on Islay Thursday, 12 December 2013
  6. ^ BBRC 2008 Annual Report mentions continuing work by CB. ref
  7. ^ "British Ornithologists' Union Records Committee: 26th Report (October 1999)". Ibis 142: 177. 2008. doi:10.1111/j.1474-919X.2000.tb07703.x.  edit
  8. ^ Prof Colin Bradshaw (BBRC Chairman, ex-officio)
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