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, 9 January 2010

BITTERN still surviving at WTR

I paid a visit to the hide at Weston Turville Reservoir for an hour from 1130-1230. Before even getting to the hide a Woodcock flew down the path and off into the woodland. A BITTERN flew in near to the hide and showed well for about a minute before disappearing into the reeds. Five Common Snipe were in the 'pool', Water Rail was heard and Common Teal flew in and out. Nice to see a flock of 10-15 Long-tailed Tit surviving the cold weather (Mike Wallen)