Following up my PSL review of 2019, these are the numbers I want to hit in 2020.
I have also included my current leaderboard standing for each group and overall, as well as my projected standing. The projected standing assumes that no-one else gets any ticks over the year, so will obviously be wildly inaccurate! An equals sign next to a number indicates that I am tied on this total with at least one other person. 51+ indicates that I am not in the top 50 for the group specified.
|Group||2019 Final Total||2020 Target||Current Standing on Leaderboard||Projected Standing on Leaderboard||Comment|
|Slime Moulds||0||1||–||51+||Hopefully I’ll run into one when looking for fungi.|
|Protists other than Algae and Slime Moulds||0||1||–||=16|
|Fungi||131||150||51+||51+||Should be easily doable if I put any effort in around birding in the autumn.|
|Bryophytes||25||30||51+||51+||My friend Duerden Cormack is starting to get into them and when one of us starts with a new taxon group, the other usually follows!|
|Vascular plants||590||700||51+||51+||I added 133 in 2019 so this should be doable.|
|Arachnids||75||100||46||=30||This target is probably pushing it a bit, but I’d like the milestone of 100.|
|Odonata||36||39||=28||=20||The same as my 2019 target. It doesn’t look like I’ll be going to as many places this year but I have a trip lined up to look for White-faced Darters and Downy Emerald (major bogey) in June and I may get a crack at Scarce Blue-tailed Damselfly or, hopefully, run into a rarer migrant.|
|Orthopteroids||26||27||=27||=25||Sadly, it doesn’t look like I’ll have a shot at any new native Orthoptera, maybe I’ll catch up with Southern Oak Bush Cricket Meconema meridionale in Hull or elsewhere or a new earwig or cockroach.|
|Hemiptera||78||100||51+||51 (one fewer species than Keith Lugg who is in 50th place)||I want to make inroads with Heteroptera in 2020 so the milestone of 100 should be easily achievable.|
|Hymenoptera||155||180||28||23||I’m not sure how quickly my Hymenoptera list will go up now, I cleaned up a lot of easy (and not so easy!) bees in 2019 and I don’t tend to get many ticks from other groups in Hymenoptera. This is mainly due to laziness.|
|Coleoptera||153||200||51+||51+||I got 46 ticks last year, so perhaps 200 is possible!|
|Butterflies||54||55||=35||=30||Doesn’t look like I’ll be able to get any new resident butterflies in 2020, but I can hope for a migrant!|
|Moths||662||750||49||42||Although I will probably be trapping in fewer and worse places compared to 2019, I feel 750 could be possible.|
|Remaining small insect orders||18||20||51+||51 (one fewer than Keith Robson who is in 50th place)|
|Amphibians||7||8||=19||=12||When will Thompson Common’s Pool Frogs be available for viewing???|
|Birds||313||330||51+||51+||Probably ambitious, I had 14 ticks last year.|
|Mammals||40||42||51+||51+||Pygmy Shrew is a bogey. Hazel Dormouse would be nice.|
|Total||2733||3150||62||=49||My target additions add up to 419, I got 473 additions last year so this should be possible. In any case, I really should pass my next thousand milestone.|
I have mananged 5 ticks this year so far, perhaps the most interesting being this Splitgill fungus Schizophyllum commune, growing as it often does on a plastic-wrapped hay bale. Excuse the poor-quality zoomed phone picture but I saw this from the car, got out and took a quick snap as I didn’t fancy climbing the farmer’s wall.