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).

Tuesday, 14 February 2012


Brogboro' Lake (3.55 to 5.05pm with Chris Deary and, for a while, Stu Warren); 2m 2f SCAUP, a partially summer hooded adult MEDITERRANEAN GULL, 25+ Goldeneye, 3 Gadwall, only a dozen or so L B Backs, 4 Herring Gulls, good-sized roost of the smaller two common species of gull, no Bittern, 200+ Jackdaws low over, 5 Pied Wagtails over, [earlier the others had seen an adult Yellow-legged Gull and a first-winter was reported as well].

Stewartby Lake (5.11 to 5.25pm): a BITTERN flew left along the north-west shoreline past the gull watchpoint at 5.16 only 100m offshore giving great views, only 14 Dabchicks, no sign of any Smew recently present in brief search, negligible gull roost (MJP)

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