I did wonder whether I was going to make it to beat last year's date, especially before the dipterists forum meeting which starts this weekend. If I didn't do it now it was going to be end of next week. Anyway, in the end a very nice evening walk around the woodland edges produced enough to get over the line without evening doing microscopy when I got home. That would have been good in itself, but there were, in the last 5, 3 species I hadn't seen on the reserve and one which I added as new for the county in last year's square!
I'll have a bit of a break (as if! flies all week next week) and then re-think my targets. I want the reserve list to go over 2000 (about 50 to go) and I have some minor targets on taxon groups. Maybe I'll push through this time for the 1500.
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Of the 1001 species, there were
* 307 new to the reserve
* 125 new to me
* 12 new to county
* 2 new to Scotland (possibly 3)