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, 19 June 2011

WOOD WHITES in North Bucks

For those bothered with butterflies, a walk round Wicken & Leckhampstead Woods today produced around 20 WOOD WHITES, in both the Northamptonshire and Bucks sections. The recent over-the-top ride widening and understorey clearance for pheasants has produced ideal conditions for this nationally declining butterfly, so long as they don't all get eaten.

Birds of interest included Grasshopper Warbler (one in Northants) and one Marsh tit. Still several Willow Warblers singing (Chris Coppock)