A few ground-rules:
- The area is bounded by and includes the River Thames, Plough Way, Lower Road and King's Stairs Gardens. The far shore of the Thames does not count. See map here.
- Air-breathing vertebrates and butterflies only. Fish are too dull and hard to see, and invertebrates are too numerous and hard to identify. Amphibians at a non-air-breathing stage count, but will probably also be hard to identify.
- Domesticated animals, including homo sapiens, don't count, but escaped or released animals do (e.g. the turtles living in Canada Water).
- Dead animals don't count, even though that's the only way I'm likely to find a hedgehog.
- Photos to be provided where possible, but it still counts if I can't get a photo.
- Hearing but not seeing does not count.
- Updates to be posted behind a cut tag for the benefit of those people who don't want to download large numbers of blurry thumbnails.
- Herring gulls, lesser black-backed gulls, yellow-legged gulls and Caspian gulls are different species. Whether or not I can tell the difference is another matter.
How many species will I spot?