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, 23 May 2013

Finally get a county STONECHAT

Darin Stanley and I had this beautiful singing male COMMON STONECHAT today at a site in the north of the county - the first I have seen this year in Bedfordshire.

The gorse stricken site was also very good for Song Thrush (6 singing males), Common Whitethroat and Dunnock

With a short spell of sunshine late afternoon, I moved on to Bison Hill, Whipsnade, where in addition to singing Common Whitethroat and Garden Warbler, butterflies on the wing included 3 DUKE OF BURGUNDY FRITILLARIES, a SMALL HEATH, a DINGY SKIPPER and a SMALL BLUE

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