Total Number of Species Recorded in 2011

2010 saw a total of 196 species recorded in Bedfordshire. Of this total, LGRE recorded 183, closely followed by Jim Gurney and Steve Blain on 181, Lol Carman on 180, Martin Palmer on 179 and Bob Chalkley on 177.

In 2011, a total of 452 species was recorded in Britain and Ireland of which I recorded just 69% (312); Bedfordshire recorded 204 species (of which I saw 94% at 191), Hertfordshire 192 (of which I saw 88.5% at 170) and Buckinghamshire 192 (of which I recorded just 86% at 165)

In 2012, I came fourth (on 168), following Steve Blain (177), Jim Gurney (174) and Martin Plamer (171).

Friday, 21 January 2011

SHORT-EARED OWLS at The Wixams Development Fields

The two wintering SHORT-EARED OWLS were still present at The Wixams Development Fields this afternoon, showing well parading back and forth over the grassland. Francis Buckle obtained these superb shots above.
The area is actually strictly private and earmarked for house building but small numbers of birdwatchers are being ignored at the moment, provided they do not cause any damage or block the entrances to houses in nearby roads. Access from the southernmost Wixams Development roundabout (fourth roundabout if driving south down the A6 from the new bypass in Bedford). After no more than 40 yards into the estate, turn immediately right and park sensibly on this road. Veering slightly left, you will see Dane Lane. Walk down this road for about 400 yards to just beyond the pond, then cut in left through the steel gates to the 'wasteland'. Continue walking in line with the hedgerow until you get to the lone tall Oak and view from here

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