With the Veery on Muck being the 450th species of 2011 (UK 400 rules) I just wondered whether someone with unlimited time and money ( if there is such a person?!) could potentially see 400 species in a calendar year?
unlimited time, money and access to a fully fuelled light aircraft would put you in with a decent chance although there would still be a "one dayer" to miss on Foula while you were twitching St Martin's.
The force is strong in young Luke...
We must take action now before he is seduced by the dark side!
Quick get him to the BOU academy for young Jedi listers before the evil Darth Lergy catches wind of him
Believe it's somewhere around 380, and the subject of some controversy in certain quarters. But PLEASE let's not go there.
With the cost of fuel as high as it is, I'd be relatively surprised if anyone ever sets out to do a seriously big year like this again - it would be incredibly expensive. And you'd need a big slice of luck to get near the record, let alone 400, with enough rarities turning up and lingering in twitchable locations.
That said - it's pretty straightforward compared to doing a big year in the US... and folk keep on trying at those!
400 would have been achieved this year, I think. I did (with Malc Curtin for competition) 350 BOU (364UK400) in 2007 when fuel costs and species were a hell of a lot lower. With regards unlimited time and money, it did take up all of my time and not much change out of £30k, ouch. Was good fun but hard work and I wouldn't do it again. Can't imagine massive year lists will be achieved again.