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, 9 May 2012

Make the most of 'our' NIGHTINGALE

We made it !

With Phil Tizzards counts of yesterday, I have now logged 2,062 Rook nests in the county this year, with some still to census, particularly between Stokenchurch and Marlow Bottom. It is a lot more difficult to count nests now though, as the foliage is encroaching fast; also, many young Rooks have now fledged the nest and seemingly pairs only have one brood per year

I am particularly indebted to all of you that have taken part - many thanks indeed

Just to reiterate about 'our' NIGHTINGALE at Bledlow, this is a real treat and should be savoured by all of you that can get down. Common Nightingale has decreased as a breeding bird in Britain by 92% and is a species in real trouble - in Bucks, we are lucky now to get two songsters per year (27 years ago when I first moved to Bucks, I would easily annually log 20 !)


Park sensibly and courteously in the vicinity of the Lions pub in BLEDLOW VILLAGE and take the diagonal public footpath across the oilseed rape field to the railway. The bird is in the thicket immediately behind the cricket club pavilion in line with the blue 15mph sign on the railway track and is perfectly audible at 100 yards or from the car parking area next to the pavilion. You can feel the reverberations as it thunders into full song. Obviously early mornings or evenings are best