Recording Area Annual Totals

97 Species in 2013, 99 in 2012, 94 in 2011, 108 species were recorded in 2010;

Friday, 28 June 2013

Breaking News: GREY HERONS breeding in the Chess Valley for the first time in decades

Chris Pontin 'phoned me on Wednesday to say that he had just found a pair of nesting GREY HERONS on Pow Wow Lake - the first instance of its kind in the Chess Valley in over 50 years. He had also found a single GREAT CRESTED GREBE on the larger of the two fishing lakes. I arranged to meet him yesterday and saw with my own eyes the active nest - presumably a pair forced out of the ever-burgeoning population in nearby Stockers Lake, Rickmansworth......

The nest high up in a Weeping Willow - the female incubating

Chris and I found 3 more spikes of COMMON SPOTTED ORCHID too

Both pairs of ATLANTIC CANADA GEESE have done well again...

....and this brazen young MUNTJAC DEER taking advantage of some newly-cut grass

And the Chess Valley was visited by yet another OSPREY this year - fourth individual thus far - another individual bearing a dark blue ring - the bird being seen later by John Edwards flying SW over Chalfont St Peter

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