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

Saturday, 7 February 2009


Decided to do a tour of the farmland around my home village of Hardmead this afternoon.

At roughly SP 930 473 I spotted a flock of probably 400 EURASIAN SKYLARKS on an area of exposed stubble. Unfortunately a couple of hundred yards from the public footpath and only really visible when they take to the air, so there could be more. Further on and in an area of private land I flushed 6 separate WOODCOCK along the side of a wooded stream. Back on the outskirts of the village I was surprised to see around 25 yellowhammers in a garden around the feeders. Other good birds included 3 Bullfinch and 4 Buzzards. The Mammal count included 3 Chinese Water Deer, a Red Fox and several Brown Hares (Rob Norris)