This paper is the eighth report of the Taxonomic Sub‐Committee of the BOU Records Committee relating to the British List. Species‐level decisions are based on criteria outlined by Helbig et al. (2002). Taxonomic Sub‐Committee membership is George Sangster (Secretary), Martin Collinson (Convenor), Pierre‐André Crochet and Stephen C. Votier. The seventh report of the Sub‐Committee was published by Sangster et al. (2011).