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, 29 December 2015


A pair of MANDARIN DUCK are wintering on Beaconsfield M40 Services Lake, while up to 20 remain at Burnham Beeches NNR Middle Pond and a similar number at Black Park Country Park....

A bumper December at HEDGERLEY LANDFILL

It has been an excellent December at Hedgerley Landfill, just east of Beaconsfield, with an excellent selection of large white-headed gulls being recorded - up to 800 on some visits. Although predominantly Scandinavian Herring Gulls in attendance, up to 95 Great Black-backed have been recorded, a handful of Lesser Black-backed, no less than 5 different CASPIANS, an adult YELLOW-LEGGED and single juvenile GLAUCOUS (on 13th-17th) and ICELAND (29th)

EGYPTIAN GEESE: a new county record

On 10 December 2015, I recorded no less than 319 EGYPTIAN GEESE at Castleman's Farm, Wooburn Common, the highest single gathering ever recorded in Buckinghamshire

Friday, 20 November 2015

KITTIWAKE victim of Storm Barney

As Storm 'Barney' swept quickly through the Chiltern region, Adam Bassett located an exhausted adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE in its wake at Spade Oak Nature Reserve on Wednesday. The bird remained all morning........