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

Sunday, 17 January 2010

'Wellies' required at Gayhurst

If anyone's thinking of going to Gayhurst Quarry, be sure to take your wellies or preferably waders. It is as flooded as I've ever seen it, with the bottom end of Spinney Pit impassable. The Geese were all feeding in the field below Fishing Pit and numbered about 300. After texting Paul Moon I found another PINTAIL - so 1 drake and 2 females - the only Pintails in Buckinghamshire at present. Again there are masses of waterfowl on Motorway Pit including 166 Mute Swans. I also had 1 Little Egret and 7 Bullfinches (Rob Norris)