Sunday, 12 July 2015

Naturewatch Visit to Lakenheath Fen - 11th July 2015

Derek organised a trip to Lakenheath on Saturday 11th July 2015. Ten people enjoyed the visit and observed the following bird species. The sighting of the Bittern was very special - such a long flight!

  1. Bearded Tit
  2. Bittern (extended view of Bittern in flight over reed beds)
  3. Blackheaded Gull
  4. Blue Tit
  5. Carrion Crow
  6. Cetti's Warbler (H)
  7. Chaffinch
  8. Common Tern
  9. Coot
  10. Cormorant
  11. Goldfinch
  12. Great Crested Grebe
  13. Great Spotted Woodpecker
  14. Great Tit
  15. Greenfinch
  16. Grey Heron
  17. Greylag
  18. Jay
  19. Kestrel
  20. Kingfisher
  21. Little Egret
  22. Longtailed Tit
  23. Magpie
  24. Mallard
  25. Marsh Harrier
  26. Moorhen
  27. Mute Swan
  28. Pheasant (H)
  29. Pied Wagtail
  30. Reed Bunting
  31. Reed Warbler (H)
  32. Sedge Warbler
  33. Shoveler
  34. Sparrowhawk
  35. Stock Dove (H)
  36. Swallow
  37. Swift
  38. Tufted Duck
  39. Whitethroat
  40. Woodpigeon
  41. Wren
 41 bird species. Those marked (H) were heard only.

In addition to birds, there were good sightings of Dragonflies and Damselflies.



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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.