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, 8 August 2010


Having returned from holidaying in France last night, I just sat down to have a spot of lunch and was skywatching as normal this morning. The second raptor I put the bins on, I had to do a double take but amazingly it was a juvenile MARSH HARRIER. It spent a good five minutes thermalling over the garden (in Rowsham ) being joined by a Common Buzzard. It gained more and more height and drifted off very slowly to the South-West.I did manage a couple of record pics, but these were at about 1+ mile range !! (Mike Wallen) (possibly the bird seen earlier at Wilstone Reservoir, Tring)

Meanwhile, the juvenile COMMON GREENSHANK that was present at College Lake BBOWT on Friday relocated to Pitstone Quarry until mid morning today (per LGRE)