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9th June, 2018
Very amateur aspiring biologist wanting to learn more about the natural world! Mainly interested in herpetology and jellyfish but trying to expand my interests.
My bogey species:
Pretty much everything at this stage! I don't have particularly strong numbers in any taxon, with some having no personal records at all (e.g. molluscs). Hopefully I'll get to know them in due course! As for particular species, Egyptian Goose particularly rankles me, as I spent many a holiday in its UK stronghold, Norfolk, before I was into birding. Now that I'm into it, the relatives who lived there have moved away, leaving me without a goose to stand on. Oh well...
My most wanted:
Where to start! Well, finding some rare arable plants, like Prickly Poppy or Corn Cleavers, would be excellent. Rootless Duckweed would also be nice, if only to see a British example of a world record holder without having to watch the Olympics! On the zoological side, I'd love to see any British species of jellyfish, but especially a large one like a Lion's Mane or Barrel. Finding odd arthropods like Euscorpius, stick insects, or mole crickets would be fascinating, as would spotting a Common Octopus. Any snake is likely to drive me into a frenzy as well. Finally, Tufted Puffin is the most unlikely species to turn up on these shores again, but it is one of my favourite bird species so I'm holding out for another sighting.
Dark Bordered Beauty in the Caingorms is probably the rarest organism on my list, with a Black-Necked Grebe spotted in Salthome following closely behind. And, although they're not especially rare, Ring-Necked Parakeets outside Buckingham Palace were hilarious to see, and definitely a personal highlight!
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