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, 7 July 2014

NIGHTJAR still - and waders on the move

The churring male EUROPEAN NIGHTJAR is still present in the south of the county this evening, as is at least one of the LONG-EARED OWLETS, while elsewhere, up to 9 Little Egrets are at Spade Oak GP (Little Marlow) (two nests have spawned 6 young so far) as well as a Mediterranean Gull and returning waders are being seen, particularly in the north of the county, with Green Sandpipers and Eurasian Curlew being recorded.

It is an excellent year for PURPLE EMPEROR BUTTERFLIES, with large numbers being seen in at least 14 localities throughout the county