The benefits of pan-species listing
Pan-species listing is the attempt to see as many UK species as possible. It is a growing pastime among naturalists and it can be a lot of fun, but there is a serious side to it as well.
It is October 23rd, 1988, and a 10-year-old boy jots down in a notebook the Goldeneye Bucephala clangula which he has seen at Blithfield Reservoir, in Staffordshire. It is the first sighting that he has ever recorded.