Local Recordsk

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 (99 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. Woodcock
  32. Black-tailed godwit
  33. Golden plover
  34. Black-headed gull
  35. Herring Gull
  36. Lesser black backed gull
  37. Great black backed gull
  38. Common Gull
  39. Common tern
  40. Stock dove
  41. Collared dove
  42. Wood pigeon
  43. Cuckoo
  44. Tawny owl
  45. Short-eared owl
  46. Barn Owl
  47. Common swift
  48. Common kingfisher
  49. Green  woodpecker
  50. Great spotted woodpecker
  51. Skylark
  52. House martin
  53. Sand martin
  54. Swallow
  55. Meadow pipit
  56. Pied wagtail
  57. Grey wagtail
  58. Yellow wagtail
  59. Dunnock
  60. Robin
  61. Nightingale
  62. Wheatear
  63. Stonechat
  64. Song thrush
  65. Mistle thrush
  66. Redwing
  67. Fieldfare
  68. Blackbird
  69. Whitethroat
  70. Lesser Whitethroat
  71. Willow warbler
  72. Cetti’s Warbler
  73. Chiffchaff
  74. Sedge warbler
  75. Blackcap
  76. Garden warbler
  77. Reed warbler
  78. Goldcrest
  79. Wren
  80. Spotted flycatcher
  81. Great tit
  82. Blue tit
  83. Coal tit
  84. Long tailed tit
  85. Treecreeper
  86. Magpie
  87. Jay
  88. Jackdaw
  89. Rook
  90. Carrion Crow
  91. Starling
  92. House sparrow
  93. Chaffinch
  94. Linnet
  95. Goldfinch
  96. Bullfinch
  97. Reed bunting
  98. Corn bunting
  99. 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