On December the 7th, 1995 all the most prominent Bulgarian ornithologists and birdwatchers were invited to set up an independent Rarities Committee. Not all attended the meeting, but a decision was made and the Bulgarian Rarities Committee was established. The Committee was voted in and the first Chairman was Prof. Bojidar Ivanov.
The creation of the BgRC was announced by AERC in October 1996, since when it has been the internationally legitimate body for Bulgaria.
The aim of BgRC is to ensure only accepted proven data is published in scientific literature, as well as tracking, documenting and evaluating all the sightings in Bulgaria, related to:
- reporting of a new, rare or uncommon species of bird for the Bulgarian fauna
- recording the first record of the breeding of a certain species of bird
- records of bird species whose area of distribution is outside Bulgaria
- records of species outside their normal time of year and habitat
BgRC periodically updates the National List of Bird Species, as well as publishing reports for the accepted or rejected records.
The area BgRC is dealing with is the territory of Bulgaria including the inner sea waters, the territorial sea, (the adjacent zone) and the 200 mile economic zone of Bulgaria.