Sensitive records

To discourage disturbance to scarce Kent breeding species during the breeding season some records will be automatically marked as confidential and not displayed on the Headlines or Bird News pages. All records will, nevertheless, be included in the database and used to produce the annual Kent Bird Report. A list of these sensitive species, with the range of months for which records will be hidden, is shown below. The status of breeding birds in Kent is constantly changing, sometimes rapidly, and the following list and concealment rules are reviewed regularly.

When submitting species in this list you will receive a message indicating that they will not be displayed - 'x record(s) marked as confidential due to sensitivity rules'. You can also mark as confidential individual records of species not on this list. If you are logged in to the website, you will see your own confidential records in the Bird News and in the results of a Database Search. The fact that they have been flagged as confidential is indicated by the icon.

Species Site(s) Months (inclusive)
Bittern Entire county Apr - Aug
Black-necked Grebe Entire county Mar - Aug
Black-winged Stilt 1 specific site Mar - Aug
Cattle Egret 2 specific sites Mar - Aug
Dartford Warbler Entire county Apr - Aug
Golden Oriole Entire county Apr - Aug
... except 2 specific sites (Dungeness RSPB Reserve, Sandwich Bay Bird Observatory) Apr - Aug
Goshawk Entire county Jan - Dec
Hawfinch Entire county Apr - Aug
Honey Buzzard 44 specific sites Apr - Aug
Little Egret Entire county Apr - Aug
... except 1 specific site (Northward Hill RSPB Reserve) Apr - Aug
Little Tern 1 specific site Apr - Aug
Long-eared Owl Entire county Jan - Dec
Marsh Harrier Entire county Apr - Aug
... except 5 specific sites (Dungeness RSPB Reserve, East Sheppey, Minster Marshes (Sheerness), Stodmarsh, Stray Marshes) Apr - Aug
Marsh Warbler Entire county Apr - Aug
Montagu's Harrier Entire county Apr - Aug
Penduline Tit Entire county Apr - Aug
Peregrine Entire county Apr - Aug
Purple Heron 1 specific site Apr - Aug
Raven Entire county Apr - Aug
Red Kite Entire county Apr - Aug
Savi's Warbler 6 specific sites Apr - Aug
Serin Entire county Apr - Aug
Spotted Crake Entire county Apr - Aug
Willow Tit Entire county Apr - Aug
Wood Warbler Entire county Apr - Aug
Woodlark Entire county Apr - Aug
... except 1 specific site (Dungeness RSPB Reserve) Apr - Aug

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