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).

Thursday, 12 April 2012


Partial summer plum Slav Grebe was by far the best, otherwise very quiet on the water.

Two Common Terns and a (very) small handful of waterbirds. Stacks of Willow Warblers all the way round the lake The grebe was extremely mobile and a flight view of it was probably my first ever of this species. We first saw it in front of the sailing club when we were at the other end of the lake. We then saw it briefly in the middle of the lake before it flew towards the gull watching point. From the sailing club end we could see it to the west of the gull watch point. By the time we reached the west corner it had moved right back to the sailing club end and was heading towards the south corner - that was about 11:45 (Barry Nightingale)

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