Monday, 6 March 2017

Birds around The Abingtons

Anne D-N has been watching Stock Doves in her garden recently.  A single bird was heard calling all through February, and Anne now reports that a pair have begun to visit her garden daily! Very dainty birds compared with the bolder and more chunky Woodpigeon.

Peter Dawson got this fabulous view of a female Sparrowhawk feeding on a Pigeon or Collared Dove in his garden recently.

Jennifer H spotted a Little Egret on the river behind the cricket club shed from the road bridge.

and Andy M reported what he believes to be a male Merlin - a small, slim falcon with a slate-grey back and narrow, sharply pointed wings - at the top of the hill south of the Land Settlements. Sadly there was no time to take a picture before it flew off.

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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:>

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 (