Saturday, 28 February 2015

Birdwatch Visit to Fen Drayton Lakes - 28th February 2015

Twelve of us travelled on the Guided Busway 09:42 Bus from Trumpington to Fen Drayton Lakes, where we were met by RSPB Volunteer Guide John Harding. The weather was dry if windy and the ground was rather muddy in places. We walked north towards the old ferry, around Ferry Lagoon and back along the guided busway path. 



We saw a good selection of water birds, as well as more common birds. Highlights of the trip were seeing both Glossy Ibis and Redcrested Pochard.

Derek recorded the following species:

Blackbird
Blackheaded Gull
Blue Tit
Bullfinch
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Chaffinch
Common Gull
Coot
Cormorant
Gadwall
Glossy Ibis
Goldeneye
Great Crested Grebe
Great Tit
Grey Heron
Greylag Goose
Jackdaw
Lapwing
Lesser Blackbacked Gull
Little Egret
Magpie
Mallard
Moorhen
Mute Swan
Oystercatcher
Pochard
Redcrested Pochard
Shelduck
Shoveler
Sparrowhawk
Teal
Tufted Duck
Wigeon
Woodpigeon

35 species in all.



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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail peter.brunning@cantab.net.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (amerryweather61@gmail.com)