Sunday, 5 June 2016

Visit to RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, Saturday 4 June 2016

Derek writes:

Twelve of us enjoyed the visit to Fen Drayton Lakes on 4 June. The weather was kind to us after the recent heavy rain. Here is a list of the birds we saw or heard.

Blackbird
Blackcap
Blackheaded Gull
Canada Goose
Carrion Crow
Cetti's Warbler
Chaffinch
Chiffchaff
Common Tern
Coot
Cormorant
Cuckoo
Garden Warbler
Goldfinch
Great Crested Grebe
Great Tit
Green Woodpecker
Grey Heron
Greylag Goose
Herring Gull
Kestrel
Lapwing
Little Egret
Longtailed Tit
Magpie
Mallard
Marsh Harrier
Mute Swan
Oystercatcher
Pochard
Reed  Bunting
Reed Warbler
Robin
Sedge Warbler
Skylark
Song Thrush
Sparrowhawk
Starling
Swallow
Swift
Tufted Duck
Whitethroat
Woodpigeon
Wren


Please note the next visit to Paxton Pits on Saturday 9 July when we shall again be expertly guided by Stuart Elsom.

We were less lucky with insects this time - but see separate note for photos from several of those who joined the visit.

















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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)