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, 12 December 2012

Regular Duck counters wanted

In order to accurately assess the population of Water Birds in Buckinghamshire, I am looking towards trying to count all of the water bodies twice a month (eg, between 1st & 7th and 18th & 24th). I can cover most sites but I do need help on many others and would be keen to hear from anyone who fancies taking part.

The species that have to be counted are: Great Crested & Little Grebe, Cormorant, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Mute Swan, Whooper Swan, Bewick's Swan, Greylag, Atlantic Canada, Barnacle & White-fronted Goose, Egyptian Goose, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Gadwall, Wigeon, Pintail, Teal, Shoveler, Tufted Duck, Pochard, Red-crested Pochard, Goldeneye, Smew, Goosander, Moorhen and Coot

Sites I require help with are: 1) River Ouse Valley from Water Stratford to Buckingham

2) Padbury Brook (from Padbury to Thornton)

3) Cosgrove Park

4) Manor Farm

5) Grand Union Canal from Cosgrove to Bozenham Mill

6) New Bradwell Lake

7) Haversham Sailing Lake

8) Linford Nature Reserve (especially Egret roost)

9) Little Linford Complex

10) Gayhurst Quarry

11) Gayhurst Motorway Pits

12) Tyringham Park

13) Tongwell Lake

14) Newport Pagnell Pits

15) Blue Lagoon, Bletchley

16) Little Brickhill Pond

17) Middle Claydon

18) Adstock Pond

19) Addington Manor

20) Wingrave Pond

21) Aston Abbotts Abbey Pond

22) Marlow Low Grounds

23) Westhorpe Farm Pits, Marlow

24) Dropmore Lake

If you fancy taking on any of these sites regularly, or others in your area, please email me on; Many thanks