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London's Top Listers

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Table

Name No Best Species %
1 Andrew Moon 311 Pacific Golden Plover, Glossy Ibis, Laughing Gull. 83.8%
2 Paul Whiteman 308 Hume’s Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler 83.0%
=3 Dominic Mitchell 301 Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher 81.4%
=3 Howard Vaughan 301 Hume’s Warbler 81.4%
=3 Bob Watts 301 American Robin, Bee-eater, Rough-legged Buzzard 81.4%
=3 Steve Connor 301 Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Desert Wheatear 81.4%
7 Peter Naylor† 300 Pacific Golden Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Caspian Tern 81.1%
8 John Archer 294 Bridled Tern, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 79.3%
9 Steve Bacon 290 Naumann's Thrush, Great Snipe & Franklin's Gull 78.3%
=10 Steve Spooner 289 Paddyfield Warbler, American Robin 78.0%
=10 Andrew Self 289 Black Stork, 4 skuas, Long-billed Dowitcher 78.0%
12 Andy Tweed 285 Puffin, Bee-eater 76.8%
13 Phil Vines 283 Western Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 76.5%
=14 Nick Tanner 282 Naumann’s Thrush, Rustic Bunting 76.2%
=14 Chris Lamsdell 282 76.2%
=14 Des McKenzie 282 Franklin’s Gull, Hume’s Warbler 76.2%
=17 Garry James 279 Golden Oriole 75.3%
=17 John Edwards 279 White-rumped Sandpiper, Stone Curlew, Brown Shrike & Dusky Warbler 75.3%
19 Peter Fletcher† 278 75.0%
20 Mike Spicer 277 Glossy Ibis, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and 4 Skuas 74.8%
21 Tony Gray 276 Hume’s Warbler 74.5%
22 Dave Morrison 274 Sociable Plover, Collared Pratincole 74.1%
23 Vince Halley-Frame 271 Subalpine Warbler, Shore Lark 73.3%
24 Joan Thompson 269 Laughing Gull, Dipper 72.7%
25 Garry Messenbird 267 72.1%
26 Rupert Hastings† 265 Collared Pratincole, Balearic Shearwater 71.6%
27 Ken Barrett† 261 Western Sandpiper, Marsh Sandpiper 70.5%
28 Gareth Richards 256 Naumann’s Thrush, Sociable Plover 69.2%
29 Gavin Haig 253 Baird’s Sandpiper, Gannet 68.3%
30 Jonathan Lethbridge 250 Tawny Pipit & Dotterel 67.5%
31 Mark Hardwick† 246 Lesser Kestrel, Great Snipe 66.5%
32 Leo Batten 245 Iberian Chiffchaff, Hume’s Warbler 66.2%
33 Tony Morris 236 Bridled Tern, Franklins Gull 63.8%
=34 Adam Cheeseman 226 Naumann's Thrush, Hume's Warbler, Grey-cheeked Thrush 61.1%
=34 Sacha Barbato 226 Long-billed Dowitcher, Hume’s Warbler 61.1%
36 Dave Dack 217 Citrine Wagtail, Sociable Plover 58.6%
37 Chris Langsdon 216 Sociable Plover, Alpine Swift 58.3%
38 Steve Gale 213 Balearic Shearwater, Buff-breasted Sand, Long-billed Dowitcher 57.5%

Rules for Inclusion

  • 1. All records must be accepted by BBRC or LNHS Rarities Committee
  • 2. Recent additions not yet accepted by the BBRC/LNHS can be counted provided they had multiple observers.
  • 3. Only BOU species count - see LondonList - total 373 species (including Great Reed Warbler).
  • 4. UK400 club splits do not count
  • 5. Escapes/feral birds and all Ruddy Shelducks do not count. Barnacle Geese do not count unless proven to be from a feral population in the Midlands or East Anglia (or wild birds). However all free-flying Red-crested Pochards now count as they've reached Category C status.
  • 6. All species must be seen in the LNHS Recording Area - 20 miles from St Paul's Cathedral
  • 7. Species can be counted if heard only
  • 8. Birds that were trapped and ringed may be counted providing they were released close to where they were caught.
  • 9. Birds taken into care and later released do not count unless they are still present the day after release.


  • Rupert Hasting's list compiled by Andrew Moon
  • Mark Hardwick's list compiled by Andrew Self


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