Can you count it?
|Spotted Rock Rose - I've only seen it on Jersey, SO HANDS OFF!!!|
There's been a bit of a Twitter discussion this evening, between a few of the Surrey/Middlesex based birders, on where it is permissible for you to count a bird tick, as regards your British/UK/GB list.
The British Isles are England, Wales, Scotland, Eire, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
The United Kingdom is England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland only.
Great Britain is England Wales and Scotland only.
The correct answer is, of course, you can count what you want, where you want. A list based on political divisions is an area that has been carved up over the centuries and will always be in a state of flux - imagine having been a big Yugoslavian lister before the country shattered into many pieces. I bet they wept when they had to start again.
I have a bit of a mish-mash as to my wildlife recording areas:
My pathetic bird list is a UK one (although I've not been to Northern Ireland)
My better botanical list is a British Isles one. This is because the recording bodies (BSBI, Wild Flower Society) have always embraced Eire and the Channel Islands as part of their beat, so I have adopted it to. I have visited Jersey on a few occasions and have a healthy plant list from there. Don't try and take it away from me!
Pan-listing allows all records from the British Isles
For no other reason than gut instinct I've always found it rather strange that the Isle of Man has always been off-limits for UK bird listing - it's a lot bloody closer than the Isles of Scilly. And yes, the Channel Islands are as French as Eric Cantona, but hey, I don't make the rules up.
It does show up the absurdity of listing, but we all take part to some degree.