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

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Absolute disgrace

Can somebody kindly clarify what the benefits are to ringing our one and only EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR for years in the county is? Last night, as it got dark, mistnets were placed in strategic parts of the clearing and the ringer and his wife lucked upon catching the male bird, which has been churring each night for the past 16 nights without interference. Yes, he had all of the paperwork and clearly had permission, but to what gain? Personally, I find it abhorrent, putting that bird through all of that stress for nothing. After it was released, it moved to a different part of the clearing that I have not seen it before. What do others think of this behaviour?