Friday, 19 April 2019

News - The House Martins are back!

Friday 19th April

Derek T reports that the House Martins are back in the centre of the village again this evening.

Esme has a chat with Chris Packham!

Karen and Esme Langford were fortunate enough to attend the 'Big Cat Festival' in London on 13th April, hosted at the Royal Geographical Society.  An excellent conference with amazing speakers.

Esma took along her copy of the Abington NatureWatch Record, and talked with Chris Packham about wildlife in her village!  Chris was very interested to hear all about this, and looked in some detail at the invertebrate and butterfly lists in the Record.  Esme told him about how she feeds the fox and hedgehog in her garden, and learned that Chris also feeds the foxes in his garden, and is now seeing cubs.

Chris also gave Esme some tips on a photo of a Goldfinch she took, and signed it for her.  A wonderful chat with a really lovely and genuinely interested man!

News - First report this year of Speckled Wood butterfly

Thursday 18th April

Anne D-N reported seeing two Speckled Wood butterflies in her garden on the LSA on Thursday 18th - seeing them dancing madly together in a helix.  First report of this species this year!

Monday, 15 April 2019

Newly-fledged young Robins in the garden

Somewhat to his surprise, since somehow it still seems quite early in the year, Andy M saw two and possibly three, young fledged Robin in his garden this evening.  They seemed to be reasonably competent at flying and were feeding themselves - although were not above accepting food from their parents when offered!

Angle Shades moth

An Angle Shades moth was seen out in the garden by Andy M this weekend.

Old Railway Cutting - Swallow

Andy M saw two Swallow at the weekend, feeding low over the fields next to the Old Railway Cutting for a few minutes, before heading north.  The Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Wren were all still very much in evidence too.

Swallow feeding low over the fields

Female Blackcap (chestnut cap, rather than the black one of the male)



Sunday, 14 April 2019

Wild Flowers around Granta Park

There is a profusion of tiny wild flowers in bloom on the rough 'meadow' areas around the entrance to Granta Park at the moment, including the tiny bright-blue flowers of Early Forget-me-Not (the plants being only a few centrimetres high, and the flowers 2-3mm across), and Common Storksbill, which has small pink flowers (~10mm across) on similarly low-growing plants.  The Cowslips and Daisies are also in flower, and the Blackthorn is out around Cook's Meadow.
Photos from David F and Andy M.

 Early Forget-me-Not (Myosotis ramosissima)

Common Storksbill (Erodium cicutarum)





The Aims of Abington Naturewatch

At their meeting on 9 April 2005 the members approved this revised version of the aims of Abington Naturewatch:

  • To monitor and record the wildlife (fauna & flora) within the borders of the Abingtons;
  • To encourage protection of our wildlife, maintain its quality and foster its diversity;
  • To promote awareness of the richness, potential and problems of the natural environment of the Abingtons;
  • To cooperate in improving access to the local natural environment for the benefit of all Abington villagers.

Pat Daunt, Founder

The organisation is informal and communication is by email if possible; members are notified of events from time to time. Contact details are maintained by a small "project team". There is currently no membership fee as costs are covered by voluntary contributions at events.

Members are encouraged to report notable sightings of flora and fauna within the Abingtons to the appropriate sector coordinator and an illustrated record is published annually.

A map of the area covered, with some features noted, is available here:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (