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).

Sunday, 3 July 2011


Not had a lot to report recently, but a Siskin over my Biggleswade garden this morning was a surprise. However it is in-line with a host of Siskins reports this summer across Beds. Are they breeding regularly in our county now? I suspect so.

Yesterday (2nd) in Chicksands Wood I had three pairs of Spotted Flycatchers, a group of ten Crossbills, and a Tawny Owl. (Also two sighings of Purple Emperor, two Silver-washed Frits, White Admiral, Marbled White, 30+ White-letter Hairstreaks, 3 Purple Hairstreaks, and plenty of commoner butterflies) (Steve Blain)

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