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, 5 August 2013

Borderline Butterflying

On Friday 2nd August, I visited Aston Rowant Nature Reserve, literally yards over the border in Oxfordshire. In the 84 degree heat, I counted 236 SILVER-SPOTTED SKIPPERS (the speciality here), 6 BROWN ARGUS, a Large Skipper, 15 Essex Skippers, 105 Small Skippers, a whopping 775 CHALKHILL BLUES, a staggering 206 Large White, 81 Brimstone, 95 Common Blue, 8 Comma, 600+ Gatekeeper, 100+ Meadow Brown and 400+ Ringlet butterflies...........

A selection of my best shots of the day follow -: