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).

Monday, 1 August 2011


As I drove along the Leighton Buzzard by-pass this morning I noticed the corpse of a medium sized black bird close to the McDonalds roundabout. As I drove past I noticed it appeared to have a yellow patch around the bill area. I pulled over and ran back and was amazed to find an adult drake COMMON SCOTER. The Scoter had only very recently died and fresh blood was still running from its bill. The Scoter had injured both legs and had a badly broken bill. Over night there had been a heavy mist in the area and it looked to me from the injuries as though the Scoter had mistaken the road for water and had tried to land. Where I found the bird is only a stones throw from Grovebury Sand Pit lake (Johnny Lynch)

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