Local Records

My local patch is a spot just outside Chelmsford, Essex – a location that sits between the mediocrity of suburbia and the wilds of bucolic Essex. It is largely  made up of farmland but has a huge area of grassland, the river Chelmer and a number of its tributaries draining the fields.

I have been recording wildlife on this patch for around 3 years now and continue to see new species whether its water vole or short-eared owl (may the two never meet).

Below is an up to date list on the species seen here plus a number of observations and photos with dates.

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Patch List – Birds (101 species)

  1. Mute Swan
  2. Greylag Goose
  3. Canada Goose
  4. Egyptian Goose
  5. Mallard
  6. Tufted Duck
  7. Teal
  8. Goosander
  9. Great Crested Grebe
  10. Little Grebe
  11. Pheasant
  12. Red-legged Partridge
  13. Cormorant
  14. Grey Heron
  15. Little Egret
  16. Cattle egret
  17. Common Buzzard
  18. Honey buzzard
  19. Osprey
  20. Kestrel
  21. Peregrine falcon
  22. Sparrowhawk
  23. Hobby
  24. Red Kite
  25. Water Rail
  26. Coot
  27. Moorhen
  28. Oystercatcher
  29. Common sandpiper
  30. Snipe
  31. Jack snipe
  32. Woodcock
  33. Black-tailed godwit
  34. Golden plover
  35. Black-headed gull
  36. Herring Gull
  37. Lesser black backed gull
  38. Great black backed gull
  39. Common Gull
  40. Common tern
  41. Stock dove
  42. Collared dove
  43. Wood pigeon
  44. Cuckoo
  45. Tawny owl
  46. Short-eared owl
  47. Barn Owl
  48. Common swift
  49. Common kingfisher
  50. Green  woodpecker
  51. Great spotted woodpecker
  52. Skylark
  53. House martin
  54. Sand martin
  55. Swallow
  56. Meadow pipit
  57. Pied wagtail
  58. Grey wagtail
  59. Yellow wagtail
  60. Dunnock
  61. Robin
  62. Nightingale
  63. Wheatear
  64. Stonechat
  65. Whinchat
  66. Song thrush
  67. Mistle thrush
  68. Redwing
  69. Fieldfare
  70. Blackbird
  71. Whitethroat
  72. Lesser Whitethroat
  73. Willow warbler
  74. Cetti’s Warbler
  75. Chiffchaff
  76. Sedge warbler
  77. Blackcap
  78. Garden warbler
  79. Reed warbler
  80. Goldcrest
  81. Wren
  82. Spotted flycatcher
  83. Great tit
  84. Blue tit
  85. Coal tit
  86. Long tailed tit
  87. Treecreeper
  88. Magpie
  89. Jay
  90. Jackdaw
  91. Rook
  92. Carrion Crow
  93. Starling
  94. House sparrow
  95. Chaffinch
  96. Linnet
  97. Goldfinch
  98. Bullfinch
  99. Reed bunting
  100. Corn bunting
  101. Yellowhammer

Patch List – Reptiles

Common lizard
Grass snake

Patch List – Mammals

  1. Stoat
  2. Badger
  3. Fox
  4. Water vole
  5. Rat
  6. Roe deer
  7. Muntjac deer
  8. Grey squirrel
  9. Pipistrelle Bat
  10. Noctule Bat

Record shots from site