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

Friday, 31 July 2009


At Willen Lake this evening, a female Tufted Duck with 3 well-grown ducklings, 1pr Great Crested Grebes with 2 well-grown chicks, plus 1 Green Sandpiper, and a high summer count of 146 Coot, numbers swelled by fledged youngsters - at least one species seems to have had a successful summer. Alas the lone surviving Common Tern chick probably perished a couple of weeks ago (Rob Hill)