Compared to most recent years, when for example I recorded 165 species in the county in 2011, 187 in 2012 and 173 in 2013, this has been a particularly poor one with just 157 species recorded by mid December - one of my worst years on record


It's all over - 2012 has come to an end. I managed a total of 187 out of the 198 species recorded all told in Buckinghamshire - 94% of the total - probably my highest-ever annual tally.

The current record is 191 species achieved in 2006 and held jointly by both Rob Hill and Simon Nichols

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

'New' EURASIAN BITTERN wintering

A EURASIAN BITTERN is present for its fourth day at WALTON LAKE, Milton Keynes. Today, the bird was showing from the (only) hide, looking right and with the iron railings / sluice in the background the bird was low in the reeds to the left of here. There were also 5 Siskins in the car park.

Walton Lake is situated at SP 880 370 (see map above, by kind courtesy of OS) Park in the car park,walk east a few metres and then you will come to the reedbed and boardwalk, and then the hide (per Paul Moon).