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London's Top Listers

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Table

Name No Best Species %
1 Andrew Moon 310 Pacific Golden Plover, Glossy Ibis, Laughing Gull. 83.5%
2 Paul Whiteman 306 Hume’s Warbler, Blyth’s Reed Warbler 82.8%
3 Peter Naylor† 300 Pacific Golden Plover, Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Caspian Tern 81.1%
=4 Dominic Mitchell 299 Buff-breasted Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher 80.6%
=4 Bob Watts 299 American Robin, Great White Egret, Bee-eater 80.6%
6 Steve Connor 298 Blyth’s Reed Warbler, Desert Wheatear 80.0%
7 John Archer 293 Bridled Tern, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 79.0%
=8 Steve Spooner 289 Paddyfield Warbler, American Robin 78.0%
=8 Steve Bacon 289 Naumann's Thrush, Great Snipe & Franklin's Gull 78.0%
10 Andrew Self 287 Black Stork, 4 skuas, Long-billed Dowitcher 77.5%
11 Andy Tweed 284 Puffin, Bee-eater 76.5%
12 Phil Vines 283 Western Sandpiper, Buff-breasted Sandpiper 76.5%
=13 Nick Tanner 282 Naumann’s Thrush, Rustic Bunting 76.2%
=13 Chris Lamsdell 282 76.2%
15 Des McKenzie 281 Franklin’s Gull, Hume’s Warbler 75.9%
16 Howard Vaughan 280 Hume’s Warbler 75.6%
17 John Edwards 279 White-rumped Sandpiper, Stone Curlew, Brown Shrike & Dusky Warbler 75.3%
18 Peter Fletcher† 278 75.0%
=19 Mike Spicer 277 Glossy Ibis, Buff-breasted Sandpiper and 4 Skuas 74.8%
=19 Garry James 277 Golden Oriole 74.8%
21 Tony Gray 276 Hume’s Warbler 74.5%
22 Dave Morrison 273 Sociable Plover, Collared Pratincole 73.9%
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 372 species (including Cory's Shearwater, Slaty-backed Gull & Oriental Turtle Dove).
  • 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