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, 17 December 2012

GREAT WHITE EGRET access problems

Viewing this GREAT WHITE EGRET is problematical as it spends the majority of its time in the private meadows between Chenies Bottom and Latimer Bridges. Most of the time it can only be viewed from Latimer Road which is narrow and bordered by hedgerows on both sides. It is a very dangerous road to walk on, only this afternoon a cyclist being knocked off. Also, you MUST park in CHENIES VILLAGE and walk back to the site - a distance of half a mile or more

During its last visit in 2009, it was very erratic and temperamental, favouring sections of the Chess for a day at a time before moving on to a different section. Many places it visited were strictly private and I can envisage there being some problems. Please respect the residents in this area