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From the Thames Valley in the south to the River Ouse in the north, Buckinghamshire contains a wealth of interesting habitats, each with its characteristic bird community. Significant habitats include the Chiltern escarpment, the Chiltern Beech woods and the Vale of Aylesbury. Important bird sites within the county include Ashridge Forest, Black Park, Calvert Jubilee Brick Pit, College Lake, Great Linford Lakes, Little Marlow Gravel Pit, Steps Hill, Stoke Common, Wendover Woods, Weston Turville Reservoir and Willen Lake. The Berks, Bucks and Oxen Naturalist Society (BBONT) manage several of these sites.

The county can boast some rare breeding birds as well as providing important wintering areas for a number of species. Birds which breed in the county include Barn Owl, Crossbill, Curlew, Firecrest, Hawfinch, Hobby, Little Ringed Plover, Long-eared Owl and Nightingale, while the wonderful song of the Woodlark can again be heard at a few sites. Buzzards and Red Kites can also be regularly seen along parts of the Chiltern escarpment. Other species such as Nightjar, Snipe and Stonechat, breed occasionally.

In winter, wetland sites such as Willen Lake and Linford Pits in the north, Calvert Brick Pits, College Lake and Weston Turville Reservoir in the middle of the county and Little Marlow Gravel Pit in the south play host to many wildfowl that includes good numbers of Goosander at preferred sites and small numbers of Smew at others. In the Vale of Aylesbury large flocks of Golden Plover and Lapwing are annual. Large numbers of Gulls gather at rubbish tips and at roost sites in the county, bringing occasional records of scarcer species such as Iceland and Glaucous Gulls.

Waders are most often reported at the various water sites mentioned above, with the majority of records during the spring and autumn migration periods. Species such as Whimbrel, Greenshank and Ruff are annual but with many other wader species reported each year. Perhaps the most important migration site for passerines is Steps Hill, where birds such as Ring Ouzel are annual and significant movements of other commoner migrant birds are often noted.

The Buckinghamshire Bird Club is the major ornithological organisation in the county and organises evening meetings, field trips, conferences, surveys and publishes both a monthly newsletter and a county annual report. Apart from the clubs main function to advance the education of the public in the knowledge and understanding of ornithology in Buckinghamshire, the club also collects and provides data to planning and conservation bodies. Further details of the club and it`s activities given in the clubs website at www.BucksBirdClub.co.uk

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Brickhill Woods

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These woodlands are most famed for holding the only sizeable colony of Lady Amhurst's pheasants in the UK. Many visits may be necessary to turn one up as they love to skulk amongst the dense Rhododendrons. The woods hold all the usual pine-woodland species… including Goshawk that can sometimes be seen displaying over Back wood in early Spring.

Linford Lakes

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These lakes (formed by Gravel workings) are not all open to free public access, there are some used for fishing, others still working and still others private. The lakes are known for a long-eared owl roost and nesting lesser-spotted woodpecker and have turned up some great passing vagrants.

Willen Lake

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A reserve has been created in what is a large public area and yet attracts some very good birds including, especially, rarer waders on passage around the small island.

Contributor

County Recorder

Andy Harding

93 Deanshanger Lane, Old Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK19 6AX

01908 565896

andyh444@sky.com

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 280

County Bird - Pied Wagtail Motacilla alba

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Useful Reading

Birds Around Milton Keynes

Paperback (1997) RSPB North Bucks Members Group

ISBN: 095322810X

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Buckinghamshire Bird Report

Buckinghamshire Bird Club, 72 pages, b/w photos, illus, tabs. Buckinghamshire Bird Club

ISBN: 0907823297

Buy this book from NHBS.com

Guides & Tour Operators

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Birding Pal

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Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Trip Reports

CloudBirders

Trip Report Repository

CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

Organisations

BBONT Wildlife Trust

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BBONT is one of a network of 47 Wildlife Trusts across the UK which work to protect wildlife in town and country. With more than 2200 nature reserves in their care The Wildlife Trusts are dedicated to achieving a UK richer in wildlife.

Bucks Bird Club

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Roger Warren, Bakery Lodge, Skirmett, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon RG9 6TD 01491 638544
The Buckinghamshire Bird Club was formed in 1981 and was granted charity status in 1989. It was formed with the objective of bringing together under one organisation all those interested in birds in the county. Previously, no single natural history organisation effectively covered the whole of Buckinghamshire. Now, all birdwatchers from the complete novice to the skilled ornithologist are able to enrich their interest and encourage nature conservation by joining the Buckinghamshire Bird Club.

Friends of Tring Reservoirs

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Local conservation organization for this SSSI with around 400 members…

Milton Keynes Natural History Society

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Welcome to the Milton Keynes Natural History Society web pages. We are a friendly group and have been active in Milton Keynes since 1968...

North Bucks Birders

Andy Harding, 15 Jubilee Terrace, Stoney Stratford, Milton Keynes, MK11 1DU. 01908 565896

RSPB - Aylesbury Group

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The Aylesbury RSPB Local Members` Group is an active and friendly group serving Aylesbury and the surrounding areas…

RSPB - North Bucks Group

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This local group covers parts of Bedfordshire around Milton Keynes, as well as north Buckinghamshire, and is one of 170 such groups set up by the RSPB. It is run entirely by local volunteers…

Reserves

College Lake Wildlife Centre

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BBOWT Flagship Reserve… Please note that College Lake Wildlife Centre will be closed for maintenance on Monday 14 August [2006] for approximately 4 weeks. Contact the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Wildllife Trust on 01865 775476 or e-mail: info@bbowt.org.uk for a re-opening date closer to the time. We look forward to welcoming you back in the autumn. College Lake has new telephone and fax numbers: 01442 826774. Fax: 01442 826396

Ouse Valley Park

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The Ouse Valley Park lies in the flood plain of the Great Ouse which flows from Oxfordshire to the Wash. The park is the most rural of any found in Milton Keynes and is a great place to go to experience the feeling of the countryside without leaving the city. Old trees, hedgerows, meadows, and new plantations combine to provide excellent habitats for wildlife.

RSPB Reserves - Church Wood

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Woodpeckers, nuthatches and blackcaps are among the birds breeding in the wood…

Wendover Woods

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Wendover is famous for its elusive Firescrests. Found in a mixture of woodland habitat, these rare and distinctive birds can be seen, particularly in the tops of conifer, from April through to September. Closely related Goldcrests, present in large numbers throughout the year can also be seen amongst the conifer crops. Crossbills visit the woods, where brightly coloured males can be seen feeding on conifer cones. Other finches include Siskin, Bullfinch, Goldfinch and Redpoll. Red Kites have been seen occassionaly over the wood and Sparrowhawks are frequently see in the area. Tree Creepers, Nuthatch, Blackcaps and Marsh Tits are also regulars in the woodland. We have information about Red kite…

Forums & Mailing Lists

Bucksbirders

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To post to list: Bucksbirders@yahoogroups.com

List contact: Bucksbirders-owner@yahoogroups.com

To subscribe to list: Bucksbirders-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

This group is for birders wishing to share bird sightings and other bird related information in Buckinghamshire, England…

Blogs

Ash's Bird BLOG

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Ashley Stow from Buckinghamshire writes a detailed and well illustrated BLOG of his 'twitching' and takes some fine photos and video…

Caldecotte Lake

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Had a love of birds since I was kid, and always admired the pictures in books and magazines. Photography took my interest when I was about 20 ish, and consisted of mainly 'snaps' for my own enjoyment. I got older, digital came along, and for the first time I was able to combine two of my loves; birds and photography. Still for my own enjoyment, but if others 'enjoy' them too, then that's a bonus. Anything else? Well, I probably never grew up, and live happily with my dog, Jim…

Holding Moments

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Milton Keynes, Bucks, United Kingdom - Had a love of birds since I was kid, and always admired the pictures in books and magazines. Photography took my interest when I was about 20 ish, and consisted of mainly 'snaps' for my own enjoyment. I got older, digital came along, and for the first time I was able to combine two of my loves; birds and photography. Still for my own enjoyment, but if others 'enjoy' them too, then that's a bonus…

Joe's Wildlife Garden

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Wildlife in a garden in Buckinghamshire…

Le Evans - UK400ClubRareBirdAlert

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This is the UK400 Club Rare Bird Alert highlighting all records of avian interest and published in association with Rare Bird Alert Pagers and utilising additional information gleaned from the Regional Birdlines, BirdGuides, local email groups and individual observers…

Mothin' In The Garden

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This blog is all about my exploits into moth trapping in my small urban garden (it actually covers 2 gardens as I have moved since I first started the blog and any trapping I do away from home). I should also point out that I release the moths the following evening, I do my best to never harm them or keep them from doing their thing for long….

North Bucks Wildlife

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Milton Keynes Wildlife Watcher….

Views From an Urban Lake

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This blog was all about my time photographing and watching wildlife around my local patch an urban lake in Milton Keynes known as Lodge lake. Now its more often about my new patch - Manor Farm, part of the Ouse Valley Park.

Wader Quest

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It is vital to to take action to prevent the Spoon-billed Sandpiper from becoming extinct. Wader Quest is an attempt to raise money and awareness to the plight of, not just these tiny wanderers but of wader species worldwide…

Other Links

Birdline East Anglia

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What's about? Simply phone 09068 700245. Please report your bird sightings to phone/text 07941333970 or e birdnews@birdlineeastanglia.co.uk - Calls to 09068 700245 cost 60p/min from a BT landline other networks may vary…

Birds Eye View

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Birding diary in words and pictures…

Birdwatching Around Milton Keynes

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Welcome to my home page - I hope that you find at least something of interest within its pages, even if it is only the way out. There is the usual personal rubbish about where, who and what I am, but the majority of the site is dedicated to birdwatching in the Milton Keynes area.

Buckinghamshire Bird Information

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Just what is says…

Milton Keynes Wildlife Hospital

The Milton Keynes Wildlife Hospital was started at the end of 1979 to care for sick, injured and ophaned wildlife of all kinds. Since then, the type of patient taken in has diversified to cover hundreds of species covering an area from Milton Keynes to as far away as Wales. We were one of the few establishments in the UK to be licensed by the Department of the Environment to care for certain species of bird.

Robins & Blackbird's Nests

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For the third year, this site is dedicated to providing pictures of a pair of nesting Robins. The birds have settled on a site buried deep in ivy on the side of a house in Buckinghamshire, UK. and are currently sitting on a large clutch of eggs…

St Tiggywinkles

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I have included this most famous of all wild animal hospitals as Bucks residents might need to know where to take an injured bird. Every year in Britain over five million wild animals and birds are injured as a direct result of their encounters with man and man`s world. St. Tiggywinkles, The Wildlife Hospital Trust is a specialist hospital. Using all available veterinary welfare skills, we are dedicated to rescuing and rehabilitating all species of British wildlife.

Wildlife in Milton Keynes

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e.g. Extensive plantation woodland with pockets of former heathland and good views including Woburn Abbey. Excellent for birds, the woods can be explored via many footpaths and bridleways and an access area, where all paths are open to the public.

Wildlife Tring

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Wandering around Ashridge Forest early one damp March morning last year on my annual, fruitless search for Lesser-spotted Woodpeckers I was diverted by the hundreds of Common Frogs Rana temporaria that had gathered to breed in a tiny pond near Monument Drive…

Photographers & Artists

Holding Moments 2

Gallery

Had a love of birds since I was kid, and always admired the pictures in books and magazines. Photography took my interest when I was about 20 ish, and consisted of mainly 'snaps' for my own enjoyment. I got older, digital came along, and for the first time I was able to combine two of my loves; birds and photography. Still for my own enjoyment, but if others 'enjoy' them too, then that's a bonus.