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).

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Broom RUFF

The RUFF had moved to the adjacent main Broom washout pitby the time JG and I got there, accompanying several Lapwings, 2 Dunlin and 10 Redshanks. A male, it flew off with some of the Lapwings at 6.00pm, possibly back to the G M Growers pit 2, after about five minutes of our watching it. The remaining waders were still present as we walked back to the access track. 30+ Pied Wagtails came into roost on this wash out pit. Nearby, the pair of Shelduck were still on the south-east Gypsy Lane pit but, as last evening, no sign of the recent Ringed Plover pair (MJP).

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