The end of another year is almost here. Due to one thing and another, my usual plans for the forthcoming year have been a bit waylaid. At this time I am usually planning targets and goals for the up coming year, as well as doing a round up of the past 12 months but I haven't gotten around to a review so far.
Anyway, one target for 2013 will be to join in the Patch Challenge with over 120 other local patch birders right across the UK. We are all looking at an area no larger than 3km sq and basing the bird totals on an average over the previous two full years on our sites, to give a level playing field for all observers.
My patch centres on Howick as you might expect but stretches up to to the start of Craster in the north and to the Howick burn mouth in the south. I am expecting in the region of 150 species over the year, though this is dependant on weather conditions, same as any coastal patch I suppose.
Again I will be trying to see all forms of wildlife including plants, and, with all best intentions, reporting them on this blog.
Good luck to anyone else doing the list, click here to find more detail what the Patch Challenge is all about...