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, 12 October 2014

DOTTEREL in Bedfordshire now

I was able to watch the DOTTEREL with RIB from just before 11.00. When we left, at 11.20, the bird was still present in amongst a flock of 400+ Goldies and several Lapwings. I put out directions on Rare Bird Alert and Lol,C, sideshow Bob, the “Elsoms” , PH, JG and at least one other arrived on site before I drove off. I’ve seen another pager message to say the Dotterel is still present at 12.45.

Due to bridge works over the railway, the best route in is to park next to Sharnbrook Mill Theatre walk down the path and cross the river bridge, walk maybe 400 metres to the old portakabin then turn left (south) along the main track keeping the lakes on your left. Approx halfway along the lakes is a large oak and the plovers etc are in the large field thereabouts viewing west up hill toward the railway.

It occurs to me that these birds may be present from the A6 pull-in but it would be very distant from there. The birds are quite flighty and the views are at 200-300 metres so it would be advisable to take a ‘scope if you’re contemplating visiting.

Please be aware that the entire complex is on private land. If asked to leave please do so without protestation, that said, Richard (who has a permit for the WEBs Count) and I spoke to one of the site “wardens” this morning and explained a few might come looking for the bird and he was fairly easy with the situation but please do not stray from the main tracks. Good luck!

Another cracking RIB find at this site – they should rename it “Bashford Lakes”!!!


I arrived much later in the afternoon and spent a number of hours searching - just 94 European Golden Plover present and no sign of the Dotterel - no sign at Thurleigh Airfield either

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