Sunday, 5 March 2017

Trip to WWT Welney

Visit to WWT Welney - Sunday 4th March 2017

Eight Abington Naturewatch members attended the trip to WWT Welney on the morning of 4th March 2017.  The weather was kind, being dry with a little sunshine, and thirty-nine bird species were seen.  Among the highlights were a Great White Egret, a large flock of Golden Plover seen on Lady Fen, as well as the Whooper Swan and a flock of Black-tailed Godwit seen from the main observatory.
Thanks go to Derek for organising, and to David and Jennifer for the photographs.

 Whooper Swans (DF)

Black-tailed Godwit (DF)

Male Wigeon (DF)

Great White Egret (JH)

 Pochard (DF)

 Male Gadwall (DF)

Egyptian Goose (DF) 

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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 (