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).

Saturday, 9 July 2011


An early morning visit on my way to Bedford bore fruit.

Little Egret 5, Greenshank 3, Reeve 1, Redshank 6, Lapwing 60+ with chicks, Ringed Plover 6, Little Ringed Plover 2, Green Sandpiper 1 and best of all 6 stunning Black-tailed Godwits in full breeding plumage.The godwits arrived at 07.50 and just as I was reaching for my mobile to phone Steve and Andy to put the word out they promptly took off and flew over my head heading in a south easterly direction, they were only present for about 4 minutes (Peter Smith)

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