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

Monday, 19 January 2009


A female MERLIN was at Linford NR at 1430 today; it was a female and came from the reserve and crossed the rough ground and Swans Way where the owls are wintering before going straight over the Canal. At a guess I'd say it was doing about 60 mph !!

The Aylesbury County Hall PEREGRINES remain on the tower with the female right next to the platform on Saturday and the male there on Sunday.In the last week their prey has included 2 Feral Pigeons, 1 Lapwing and 1 Song Thrush (Mike Wallen)

The Merlin represents the 119th species of the year.