As 2014 draws to a close I find it is useful to reflect on the past year. 2014 hasn’t been the easiest year for me to say the least but it has been filled with lots of wildlife recording and conservation work.
I have recorded 1072 species so far this year which is over 250 more species than last year and brings my total number of species seen to 1434. Which means I have seen 547 species for the first time this year. Which I am quite pleased with, considering I haven’t been very far, as you can on the map below.
Insects still form a high proportion of my records and I don’t think that will change any time soon but this year I have became more interested in other groups too such as vascular plants, molluscs and bryophytes!
I have also made progress recording the wildlife in my garden. This year I recorded 474 species in my small garden, bringing my total species list for the garden to 616 species and just shows how much wildlife there is in a normal garden. So why not make it a New Years Resolution to take part in the Garden Bioblitz in 2015 and see how many species you can find in your garden or local space? I did intend to fully participate in the 1000 for 1ksq challenge but lost the way a bit as noone else really took part (or blogged about it) and I am not sure I could have found that many species in the square kilometer where I live anyway.
I also did some targeted recording this year in order to build up a species inventory of Grangelands and Kimble Rifle Range, a chalk grassland site fairly close to me. The site is going to be taken over by BBOWT so the species inventory and my report will inform the management plan which is due to be drawn up this winter.
I had planned to be employed by now but that hasn’t worked out. I have been doing some rather exciting volunteering though so when I do this review next year I will hopefully be telling you about the wonderful paid conservation work I am doing. Till then I will just keep going unpaid but pleased to be making a difference.
Here is to 2015 and more wildlife adventures.