The lists I'm going to keep and actually put some effort into are a Patchwork Challenge list covering Burscough/Tarlscough Moss and Mere Sand Wood. Originally I was going to do just the mosses but then thought the lack of habitat diversity would be a pretty large hindrance....The patch as described contains some peaty West Lancashire 'mossland', low-lying, damp and criss-crossed with drainage ditches, excellent arable land and good year round for Barn Owl, Grey Partridge, Corn Bunting, Lapwing, Skylark, in winter for Pink-footed Geese, Whooper Swans, Merlin, Peregrine, in spring Wheatears, Whimbrel and White Wagtails pass through, with Yellow Wagtails breeding. Goodies I've seen in recent years on this patch of mossland include Common Crane, Hen Harrier, Hobby, Osprey, Ross's Goose, Tundra Bean Goose, European White-fronted Goose and Blue-headed Wagtail. The beauty of the moss is that it's ten minutes walk from my front door in Burscough and Curlew Lane cuts right through and is my preferred route to Mere Sands Wood. Mere Sands Wood is a well known Lancashire Wildlife Trust reserve and an interesting mixture of deep ponds, reedbed, mixed woodland and small patches of heath. It's a good place for wintering Goosander, Teal, Shoveler,Water Rail, Lesser Redpoll with occasional Bittern and Willow Tit (a former breeder). Breeders include common woodland and wetland birds including a range of warblers and a Tree Sparrow colony. It's the last place I saw local (West Lancs) Turtle Dove (1997) and Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (1998), over the years I've seen an interesting range of scarce species on the reserve; Smew, Black-necked Grebe, Pectoral Sandpiper, Temminck's Stint and the most bizarre record, a drake Surf Scoter.
If you fancy a go have a look at the Patchwork Challenge blog for details http://patchworkchallenge.blogspot.co.uk/http, it's only a bit of fun, but should get you out and about covering a local patch - who knows what you'll find?
The second list I'm keeping is a little more odd. I've always loved dogs and had an interest in them, having kept several breeds over the years; German Shepherd, English Springer, Labrador and Patterdale Terrier. My cousin Nichola and I were having an online chat and a challenge to record as many dog breeds as possible in 2014 was set down and Nichola created a facebook group. You're very welcome to join the dog recording challenge and use the Big (Dog) Year 2014 facebook group;
https://www.facebook.com/groups/542204239208073/. Again, it's just a bit of fun and seems to me to be compatible with birding, dog walking and mooching about in the park with the kids.
Having said that I don't avidly list I've been an keen contributor to BirdTrack for the past two years (this'll be my third full year of contributing records) and I've added records from as far back as 1979 to this incredibly useful rescourse - if you're a birder I urge you to use it; it's fantastic and the data contributes directly to nature conservation and also goes directly to your county recorder. On a more selfish level it's a great way to see and analyse your own records http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack/about/introducing-birdtrack-home