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

Monday, 16 April 2012


Sunday 15 April: There were 11 NORTHERN WHEATEARS this morning (8 males) in the stony field immediately north of the recrestion ground at SP 812 293.

As usual, good numbers of Skylark, Yellowhammer and Linnet were in this area, plus Meadow Pipit, Stock Dove, and singles of Buzzard and Kestrel.

A little further north along the disused railway track, there were 7 Chiffchaff, most in song, but I can manage only single Blackcap and Willow Warbler. This track is is usually good for all the common warblers in spring (David Roe)