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).

Sunday, 16 December 2012


I joined Neil Wright from 3.55 and we both stayed until 4.20 with the SLAVONIAN GREBE still present - only about 250m away from the gull watchpoint. Other speceis noted were 27 G C Grebes, 8 Dabchicks, 1 Grey Heron, 100+ Lapwings swirling about low over the lake,

An odd gull roost with hardly any smaller gulls and the larger gulls flying off in the last few minutes of our visit. Nonetheless 22 L B Backs, 15 G B Backs, 9 Herring Gulls, a probable small adult female Yellow-legged Gull - bill not as thick as expected but upperwing colour and primary black wedge strongly suggested this species - very clean white head and underparts, negligible sized primary spots. Only 28 B H Gulls and a couple of Common Gulls.

M J Palmer

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