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, 29 April 2013

Castle Mills GP waders 26/4

The Black-tailed Godwit was on the nice looking pool to the west of the pump but flew to the lake nearer Priory CP. the Whimbrel flew from the lake and off east. Also six Snipe, two Dunlins, two White Wagtails and a Kingfisher.

Makes up for a very disappointing early raid on Stewartby which was devoid of any birds and Woburn Road Wetlands which held a Common Sandpiper.

An Egyptian Goose in flight over Willington Main Lake.

Re access to Meadow Lane. The area around the lock is now being worked again and is virtually dry so it's probably all over in the east. The western end is worth regular checks and probably more accessible from the Priory end. There always seem to be dog walkers around the lake so early visits might be best.

Richard Bashford

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