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).

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

SHORT-EARED OWLS performing well this afternoon

I spent a couple of hours at Dane Lane (The Wixams) in the company of a distant Darin Stanley and a chap from Watford, and despite being constantly nibbled by a bunch of scruffy horses, we managed stonking views of two SHORT-EARED OWLS. One passed within 50yds of the oak tree where I was standing seemingly oblivious to my presence, its keen yellow eyes brilliant in the early evening sunlight.What a show! One fly past Peregrine and two Common Stonechat played support and about 400 Fieldfare came in to roost on the telephone wires as a finale. Great stuff (Paul Anness)

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