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).

Friday, 25 November 2011

OSPREY still lingering

Melissa and I parked on New Road Sandy and walked down the east bank of the Ivel (The Kingfisher Way) until you have to turn east to skirt Warren Villas. Standing at cTL181475 we picked up the Osprey hovering over the fishery to our south west and it kept disappearing behind the trees - this was around 15:25. At around 15:35 it appeared from behind the trees to the immediate west of us, flew nearly over us carrying a smallish fish and disappeared low over the railway line towards The Lodge.About 3 or so minutes later we picked it up again over Stratford Road area being mobbed by a corvid and it eventually dropped down and perched in a conifer cTL184477 facing us and around 1/4 mile away giving a good view. It didn't stay there more than a couple of minutes before a pair of corvids dive-bombed it and kept on harrying it after it took off and it headed off north and got higher to get away from them, eventually dropping height and we lost it as it flew north east over the Pinnacle around 15:45-15:50. Excellent and a county tick to boot (Andy Banthorpe)

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