Counties with no Rare or Very Rare Species in July, since July 2000:
And here are the places one should head for:
Top Ten counties for Rare and Very Species in July, since July 2000:
So what differentiates the best from the worst? Most of the zero scoring counties are landlocked counties in southern England. Ceredigon and Glamorgan are the exceptions here, perhaps a reflection of poor observer coverage? Being on any coast in July is better than being inland. Cork and Wexford score highly and reflect on the Atlantic seabird passage. However, Shetland is simply head and shoulders above anywhere else in July and the list of Rare and Very Rare species seen there contains large numbers of passerines, rather than seabirds, from the east and the west. As always, the lack of cover and good observer coverage help birders find rare birds on Shetland, but perhaps the top ten have something else in common: the list is virtually a list of the extremities of the country. The extreme north, south, east and west of the UK are included in the top ten counties and only these extreme coastlines regularly attract rare birds. The further one goes from the coastal extremes, the less rare birds are found. Extending this theory to it's natural conclusion, one ends up at the place with the least chance of finding a rare bird in July: Cuddesdon, Oxfordshire. Success at last.