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, 12 January 2010

Drake SMEW for second day near Iver

A drake SMEW is present for its second day at Thorney Country Park at TQ 047 790 (per Sue Giddens)

Thorney CP is just inside Bucks, along Thorney Mill Rd near Richings Park. It is part of the wider Colne Valley regional Park. TQ047790.

There is the brook and a small pond, and some dispersed bushes making it a good spot for a variety of commoner species. Due to problems with travellers, I find the car park is often unavailable but there are usually small pull-in areas near the gate you can use, and pedestrians can walk in at that point. It is run by Bucks CC and is about 20acres in size, created by extraction of minerals for M25 construction (contributed by Brian Clews)