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

Friday, 29 April 2011


Just to flesh the record a bit – paltry in comparison to College Lake though!

Following a large passage of Barwits along the south coast yesterday, I felt optimistic of finding some locally today so was at LMGP at the ridiculous time of 5:40am. There was obviously nothing new in here, except for 2 Green Sandpipers feeding on the back of the spit. At 5:55am, I noted 4 high flying waders flying NE over the middle of the pit – the Barwits I had been hoping for! Luckily, they whiffled down to the sand spit by the island revealing 2 females, a full summer plumaged male and a transitional male. One of the females flew off immediately, but the other three remained. They never looked very settled, but were still there at 7am when I had to leave. Having seen the College lake passage, I wonder what I missed by leaving then!

Adam Bassett