Welcome to my website

My Name is Garry Bagnell. I am 47 years old and I absolutely love watching Birds.

My main birding achievement was being featured in the hit BBC-4 documentary "Twitchers-A very British Obsession". It was broadcast TEN times and I loved the whole experience.

I do keep THREE Bird lists. The list I am most passionate about is my COMBINED BRITISH & IRISH LIST. My combined WEST & EAST SUSSEX LIST brings gives me a similar pleasure and can be found on the BUBO website. European family holidays have led me to keeping my third list, which is my WESTERN PALEARCTIC LIST. This list is kept on the NETFUGL website.

My website also contains a Blog, Twitching write ups, British & Irish Rare Birds Stats,Tweets on  my TITBITS page and Jokes

Also if you need to contact me my phone number is 07789 765163 or alternatively email me on garrybagnell35@googlemail.com 

NOTE:- You will only see comments from me on Facebook, Twitter, Birdforum and.here (www.britishislestwitching.com Any rude remarks  or negative comments on other websites WILL NOT BE ME.  


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Summary of my Birding Life

1977 - Age 10 - Started watching birds in my parents garden, then went to local parks/ woodland. Become a YOC member. Went to the Crawley & Horsham RSPB group indoor meetings. They organised monthly outings, went on a few car & coach trips in the local area.

1981 - During my many bird watching trips I went to Arundel W.W.T. for a day’s bird watching with Mushaq Ahmed. He pointed out Peter Scott to me. I went over to chat to him and he kindly singed my bird book I had on me. On the 26th July I went to Gatwick Airport with a school friend called Martin Arter. I bought a Civil Aircraft Marking Book (CAM) and I spent the rest of the day ticking off planes in my CAM. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to give up Bird watching as Plane Spotting was going to occupy a lot of my spare time.

1989 - I remember watching the news and seeing lots of birdwatchers descending on Maidstone, Kent for a Golden-winged Warbler. I was thinking about going for it, but sadly never did. So I suppose this is now, my most sought after bird for my British Isles List. Will we ever get another chance?!

1990 - Bought a house with a girlfriend.

1992 - Discovered Birdline, and had another attempt at Birdwatching/Twitching. Restricted my Birding watching/Twitching to the Southeast of Britain. I also joined the local Crawley & Horsham R.S.P.B. group as treasurer. (Shame nobody mentioned the long staying '93 Blackpoll Warbler at Bewl to me, but the R.S.P.B. members I use to chat with weren't major twitchers).

1997 - Got married for the first time.

1998 - I resigned from the post of Crawley & Horsham R.S.P.B Group Treasurer after a 6 year period. I decided to Join two chess clubs:- Crawley & Coulsdon.

1999 - Whilst working at National Grid on a year’s contract, I met Neil Howes and he showed me his Nationwide Birding Notebook. I was amazed at how many birds Neil had seen and how far he travels to see them. It made me think if I should get back into Birding/Twitching and give up the Plane Spotting. For the time being I decided to juggle both hobbies. I went to Scillies for the first time (absolutely loved it) and during my 3 day stay I found a Richard's Pipit, Ortolan Bunting (very brief view) .My Dad died of cancer during the year, so my wife and I decided to move in with mum and and help her out financially.

2000 - Big changes were made to to my life this year. Gave up Plane Spotting (a hobby I had for 19 years), smoking (17 year addiction),left my first wife and gave her the house.

2002 - I met Kim in June and decided to give up playing competitive Chess as it was not fair to Birdwatch and spend weekends playing in Chess Tournaments. During my 4 year Chess career, I achieved a chess grade of 87 (BCF) and it was still rising. I also played Chess for Sussex in the U125(BCF) division. I also got 2nd and 3rd position in some Chess tournaments.

2003 - Got married for the 2nd time to Kim. Started to twitch Ireland...please don't mention the 2000 Blue-winged Warbler that now really hurts.

2004 - My daughter "Georgie" was born. New British Birds were becoming less and less frequent, so I turned my attention to local birdwatching, which started by listing the bird species I see at Weir Wood Reservoir.

2005 - This year on 3rd March a very good friend of mine died, his name was James Havers. He died at the age of 39, whilst eating a meal at Gatwick Airport with Birding friend Andrew Bashford. James was an exceptional good birdwatcher who spent much of his short life doing bird survey work in the Crawley and Horsham area. He took me to see many scarce breeding birds he had found in the region, and he also showed me a wintering Little Bunting found in Ifield Church, Crawley '94.

2008 - Started playing darts at the Fountain Pub in Roffey.

2009 - I formed a Darts Team at the White Knight in Crawley and I decided to stop playing at the Fountain. On the 2nd August my Mother sadly died from Cancer at St. Catherines Hospice. The 6th September my family & I left Rusper and moved into my Mum's house. Since then we have spent £40k on house improvements. During the year I was selected to be filmed for a BBC4 documentary called Twitchers- A very British tradition. (Should be televised on 3rd November 2010).

2010 - Twitchers: A very British Obsession was broadcast on the 1st November on BBC-4. The programme was about twitching birds in Britain and featured Brett Richards, Craig Family, Lee Evans and myself.

2011 - Seeing Sabine's Gull at Brighton Marina on the 15th September is my 300th BOU species for the combined West & East Sussx County List.

2013 - Seeing Wilson's Warbler on 21st September on Dursey Island, County Cork might turn out to be my 500th British & Irish Lifer (BOU/ IRBC basis).  This is dependant on Elegant Tern, Slaty-back-Gull, Alder Fly & Long-toed Stint getting accepted. I met up with a Washington Post journalist & photographer who met me and John Lees in Norfolk. He took photograhs of John and I enjoying my 300th British year tick (BOU), which happened to be a Shore Lark. The article was published in Denver Post, Washington Post and Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday 15th December. The article was portrayed how competitve birdwatchers are in the UK compared to the US.


Latest Updates

Jokes - Five Minute Management Course added 13th January 2012



Long-toed Stint photo added 23rd January 2012 with a few words



Newest Members

Website that reciprocate my website link

Sussex Ornithological society Best website in Sussex

Penny Clarke Penny's hot birding and life

Paul Herrieven Brough Birder

Ross Newham Bald Birder

Steve Nuttal Belvide Birding

MQ Spurn blog

Barry Hunt Barry Birder

Rob Stokes Kent birding adventures

Widerscope Nick, Seth, Danny & Sam

Michael Booker  Sussex Birders

Other good places to check out

Weir Wood  Friends of Weir Wood Official Site

Mark Reeder of birds & pies

John Hague Drunkenbirder

Pete Antrobus Pods World

Gunnar Engblom Birding Blogs

Mr Black Reservoircatz

Serious stuff

British Birds Official magazine of the BBRC

BBRC Official website

BUBO Popular listing website

Netfugl Western Palearctic listing

Surfbirds Great photos and forum

Birdforum Main discussion forum

Rare Bird Alert Best pager in Britain


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Since 11th Feb 2012


Reservoir catz


employers to fire birdspotters

Following the publication yesterday of an article in the Daily Express revealing the depths of three obsessive twitchers' obsession with their hobby, employers around the country are bracing themselves to fire bird-spotting employees in the coming week as a cost-cutting measure.

"It's going to save the economy a fortune!" grinned Tom Logan, chief executive of a large multinational accountancy firm. "Until my PA emailed me the Express article yesterday, I had no idea how tragic some of our staff were. We always assumed when one or two of them said they went bird-spotting, what they really meant was they were having an affair. We turned a blind and tolerant eye to that.

"We'd no idea they were really chasing around the country looking at pretty birdies. They're grown men, for fuck's sake."

He concluded, "I've set our HR department to work to cross reference the dates really rare birds turned up with the days our bird-spotting employees called in sick. I've a feeling we may see a pattern emerging over the past few years. Then, when we've got enough circumstantial evidence to satisfy an employment tribunal, we're going to fire the fucking lot of them.

"It's for their own good. They might be forced to get a life."

Barry Gagwell, an accounts clerk from Crawley said worriedly, "Oh shit. Who'd have thought an article about twitching in a national tabloid could stir up such a hornets' nest? I'm fucked whichever way you look at it - I could lose my job; we'll have to send the kids out to beg on the streets of Sussex; and contrary to what I've always thought, now everyone thinks I'm a complete twat.

"I should have stuck to collecting stationery, I really should. You know where you are with counting the myriad varieties of paperclips."


Andy Warhol says 'don't blame me for this shit

The ghost of Andy Warhol today asked to be excused of all responsibility for the impending BBC4 documentary about the UK's self-styled most manic twitchers.

 Speaking via a medium during a seance held in a chi-chi loft apartment in SoHo, Andy Warhol's spirit said "For fuck's sake, don't blame me for the toe-curlingly embarrassing sight of grown men hamming to the camera about their out-of-control obsession with ticking off birdies on a list.

 "When I said everyone would have their fifteen minutes of fame, I didn't mean for it to be stretched into an hour of excruciating monologues and bathos-infused dramatic sequences of middle-aged men chasing around the country to add a bird to their lifelists."

 Twitchers around the country have been awaiting the screening of the documentary with barely contained excitement.

 "I can't wait," said Arthur Balsam, a palpably excited twitcher from Rochdale.

 This tension has heightened as the screening date has fallen back month after month, with the latest anticipated date being early November. Rumours are currently rife that this will transmute into late December.

 Tom Logan, a TV critic from London said "Given that any program about twitchers is bound to be a turkey, and in the yawning comedy void left by the departure of the Only Fools and Horses Christmas Special from the schedules, I expect that the BBC twitching documentary will be screened at primetime on Boxing Day.

 "Though it remains to be seen how the homoerotic metaphor suggested by some of the huge cocks on display will go down with the more old-fashioned and traditional BBC audience demographic."

 The ghost of Sigmund Freud this evening sought to allay these fears, saying "There are no cock allusions to be seen here - sometimes a big telescope is just a telescope."


Earth is flat, claims leading twitching magazine

Following the success of their speculative paper on the occurrence and origins of the Land's End yellow House Finch earlier this year, leading UK twitching magazine Birding World is to publish a seminal paper in the coming months stating, amongst other astonishing claims, that the Earth is in fact flat.

Helped by the recent reappearance of the yellow Aviary Finch at Prawle in Devon, the credulous and easily led are now using the Birding World yellow Softbill Finch paper as all the justification they need to twitch Devon this weekend and add yellow Commonly Kept In Captivity Finch to their lists.

Barry Gagwell, a twitcher from Crawley said "I was glad I didn't see the House Finch in Cornwall. But after the Birding World article about it, RBA Mega'ing the species for the 2nd time, the large debate about it on Birdforum... if it's there tomorrow and I can get the day off work I will be sadly going for a bird that I hope never gets accepted."

Dr Tom Logan, a psychologist from Edinburgh said "I think what Barry's trying to say is he desperately wants to tick another species in his quest to have a big list and thereby some credibility as 'one of the big boys'. But he doesn't want anyone to think he's that desperate and cheap, so he denies wanting it to be accepted while actually meaning the very opposite, in a transparent and frankly rather pathetic attempt to appear balanced and sensible. What's clear is he's very grateful indeed for the lead provided by Birding World in their article about yellow Houdini Finches."

The forthcoming paper in Birding World is expected to claim that the Earth is flat, Barnacle Geese grow from actual barnacles, Swallows hibernate in the mud at the bottom of ponds during the winter, and that Wrens are lady Robins.

A clearly confused Barry Gagwell commented, "Well, aren't all those things true? If Birding World says so, they must be."


Gyr crakes

Of birds and pies (Mark Reeder at his best)

8th November. What An Ugly Bunch We Are

Glancing at Eric Didner's Long-toed Stint photos I noticed a couple of things; One of which is that our Gallic neighbours can sort out Long-toed Stints a damn sight quicker than we can. The other ,even more obvious, was that the majority of French Twitchers don't quite resemble us Brits. I present my evidence below:

French Specimen 1 - Handsome Bastard!

British Specimen 1. The Elephant Man thought it best to cover up

French Specimen 2. One glance at this Clooney esq specimen will have Mrs Bagnell heading for the Ryan Air ticket desk.

British Specimen 2. And it'll take a bit more than a big list to lure her back!!

French Specimen 3. The bloke in the hat is clearly an English birder.

British Specimen 3. Dumb, Dumb and Dumber

French Specimen 4. "Bonjour Carmel"

British Specimen 4. Another Brit birder clearly too embarrassed to show his grotesque features, or is he merely secreting a pie!

So there we have it British birders are ugly. Our near European neighbours, whilst lacking in the number of rare, are clearly a bunch of handsome gits that must spend the best part of their time literally beating the birds off with a shitty stick.

I must point out that I was assisted with my research by my ever loving wife Jo and I am most definitely not on the turn, that said, specimen 2 is a bit of a looker.... Oh eck!!!



we know how much you all love a sing-song, so on the next overnight car-journey have a round-robin to the following with this playing in the background...

Thou shalt not string if there is a direct victim.
Thou shalt not worship Nordic idols or follow Ian Wallace.
Thou shalt not take the names of Peter Scott, Richard Meinertzhagen, John James Audubon, Chris Mead, Alfred Wallace, Ted Parker or Gary Bagnell in vain.
Thou shalt not think that any male over the age of 12 with a crap pair of bins is a dude, … Some people are just poor.
Thou shalt not read Birdwatching Magazine
Thall shalt not stop working a patch just because its become popular.
Thou shalt not question Lee Evans.
Thou shalt not judge a record by its observer.
Thou shalt not get a girlfriend who is also a birder.
Thall shalt not buy Country Innovation products. Thou shalt not buy Birdguides products.
Thou shalt not go into the woods with your girlfriend’s best friend, use playback and get a Lesser pecker.
Thou shalt not fall in love so easily.
Thou shalt not use seals, sunsets or nightingales to get into girls’ pants. Use it to get into their heads.
Thou shalt not watch Birding with Bill Oddie.
Thou shalt not attend County birdclub meetings and leave as soon as you're done just because you’ve finished your shitty slide-show you self-righteous prick.
Thou shalt not gripe about some bird you saw years ago week in, week out just “cause you know its was one” but are never going to submit it.

Thou shalt not put members of the BBRC on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.

Canada Warbler - was just a bird.
Blyth’s Pipit - Just a bird.
Hermit Thrush - Just a bird.
Masked Shrike - Just a bird.

Long-billed Murrelet- Just a bird.
Black-eared Kite - Just a bird.
Snowy Owl - Just a bird.
Barrow’s Goldeneye - Just a bird.
Spotsand - Just a bird.
Ivory Gull - Just a bird.
American Robin - Just a bird.
White-billed Diver - Just a bird.
Gyr - Just a bird.
Pacific Diver  - Just a bird.
Frankin’s - Just a bird.
Glaucous-winged Gull - Just a bird.
The next big thing - JUST A BIRD.


Thou shalt give equal worth to common birds occurring in the English countryside as to rare ones occurring next to airports where Ryanair fly in non-English speaking countries

Thou shalt remember that pagers, megas and digi-blasting were never part of the four elements and never will be.

Thou shalt not do repetitive year lists

Thou shalt not do repetitive year lists

Thou shalt not do repetitive year lists

Thou shalt not do repetitive year lists

Thou shalt not skor a lift.
Thou shalt not
fully trouser the mega.
Thou shalt not
wait for news.
Thou shalt not only be in it for the birds.
When I say “lift” thou shalt not say “offered”.
When I say “
armchair” thou shalt not say “tick”.
When I say "
I found this corking half-summer Caspian Gull" - kill me.
Thou shalt not
tick and run.
Thou shalt not
get in the mix with the geese.
Thou shalt not
wish your county recorder was a freak like me.
Thou shalt spell the word “acceptable” A-C-C-E-P-T-A-B-L-E not A-C-C-E-P-T-I-B-L-E , regardless of what you read on ornithological list-servers.
Thou shalt not express your shock at the fact that Will had a tiff with Josh on Birdforum last night by saying “Is it”.
Thou shalt think for yourselves.

And thou shalt always kill.


I believe Richard Bonser wrote this


Without Lee – LGRE


"Garry Bagnall, real name no gimmicks"

(Lee’s directing traffic at a twitch)
“For the caravan park Pallas’s go round the outside;
round the outside, round the outside”

Bagnall (Dre) calls in “LGRE, we’ve got a biggie, I’m on the way”

“For the caravan park Pallas’s go round the outside;
round the outside, round the outside”

Guess who's back
Back again
LGRE’s back
Tell a friend
Guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back
guess who's back, guess who's back, guess who's back..

I've created a monster, cause nobody wants to see Lee no more
They want LRGE, I'm chopped liver
Well if you want LGRE, this is what I'll give ya
A little bit of Arctic mixed in with some Mealies
Some mega to jump start my heart quicker
than the shock when I slap the twats at the big twitch
when they’re flushing the mega and not co-operating
when they’re jumping the queue system I’m operating (hey!!)

You waited this long, now stop debating
Cause I'm back, I’m on Birdforum and contributing
I know that you got a blocker Ms Clarke
but your boyfriends tart problem is complicating
So the BBRC won't let me be
or let me be me, so let me see
They try to shut me down on Birdguides TV
But it feels so empty, without Lee
So, come on and dip, come on a trip
Fuck that, feed the finches, and some of the tits
And get ready, cause this shit's about to get heavy
I just settled all my lawsuits, FUCK YOU WEBB-ie!

Now this looks like a job for Lee
So everybody, just follow me
Cause we need a little, controversy
Cause it feels so empty, without Lee
I said this looks like a job for Lee
So everybody, just follow me
Cause we need a little, controversy
Cause it feels so empty, without Lee

Little listers, kids feelin rebellious
Embarrassed their parents still listen to Garner
They start patchin’ like prisoners, helpless
'til someone comes along on a mission and yells TWITCH!!!
A visionary, vision of scary
Could start a revolution, controlling the rankings
A rebel, so just let me revel and bask
in the fact that I got everyone kissin my ass
And it's a disaster, such a catastrophe
for you to see so damn much of my list; you asked for me?
Well I'm back, na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-na
Fix your list and store it on my Apple then I'm gonna
End up under your skin like a splinter
The centre of attention, back for the winter
I'm interesting, the best thing since seawatching
Infesting in your kid's ears and nesting
Testing, attention please
Feel the tension, soon as someone mentions me
Here's my ten cents, my two cents is free
A nuisance, who sent? You sent for me?


A-tisket a-tasket, I go tit for tat with
anybody who's talkin this shit, that shit
The boy Sick, you can get your ass kicked
worse than them little Punkbirder bastards
And Rasher? You can get stomped by Bagnall
You sixty-six year old boy in Barber clothing
You don't know me, you're too old, let go, it's over

Nobody listen to Ticker!
Now let's go, just gimme the signal
I'll be there with a whole list full of new splits
I’ve been researching, suspenseful with a pencil
ever since Lady A’s got Cat C status
But sometimes man it just seems
everybody only wants to discuss me
So this must mean I'm dis-gus-ting
But it's just me, I'm just obscene
No I'm not the first king of controversy
I am the worst thing since Adrian Riley
to do year listing so selfishly
and used it to get myself wealthy
(Hey!!) There's a concept that works
Twenty million other year listers emerge
But no matter how many fish in the sea
It'll be so empty, without Lee





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