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