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

Derek White's A1 Pit - still pulling in those waders despite new ownership

With a flock of nine Dunlin there, alongside Ringed Plover and Redshank, it shows that Derek's could maintain it position as a top wader site for a while longer. Despite the almost constant presence of a man doing management like planting trees etc and the change in access, and the winter shooting, it is still pulling in the waders.

As for viewing, the side of the A1 is OK - but pretty horrible. I went in from Biggleswade Common. Driving into Biggleswade and to the end of Fairfield Road where there is a car park. From here it is about an 8-10min walk north along the footpath onto the common and then left towards the river to view the pit. This currently provides an excellent view of the main lake.

Also Grey Wagtail, Kingfisher here.

Richard Bashford

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