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

Wednesday, 28 March 2012


At Rammamere Heath this evening, 1 singing Willow Warbler (my favourite moment of spring is always hearing that cascadent song for the first time). Also of note there, the FC have cleared extensive areas of conifers between the Great Brickhill-Heath & Reach road and the current heath. This clearfell area is currently fenced off, but as the intention is to return it to heathland, hopefully it will develop as such over the next few years, and attract Woodlarks, Tree Pipits and the like. Such habitat is incredibly rare in Bucks as a whole, I think, so fingers crossed for the future.

At lunchtime, a quick recce with Simon Nichols turned up 2 Grey Partridge at Broughton Grounds, 1 Snipe & 4 Teal at Magna Park, and 1 LRP and 1 Green Sand at Willen Road excavations (Rob Hill)