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, 2 February 2010


The Walton Balancing Lake BITTERN was still showing in the reedbed last night at around 16:50, viewed from the observation platform. Also, rather amusingly, as I walked onto the platform I flushed out a water rail that was sheltering underneath and shot out across the ice into the reedbed. Only other bird of note was a hunting sparrowhawk (Martin Kincaid)