Sunday, 4 June 2017

Blackbirds nesting on High Street

George discovered this Blackbirds' nest on Saturday morning 3rd June when looking out of his kitchen window. He saw a male bird fly into the hedge and fly out almost immediately. He thinks it is amazing that they stayed put after his son Michael had only a few days before trimmed the hedge - to within an inch or so of the nest.

They survived the stormy weather on Tuesday 7th and are doing well.

On 10th June, they were looking healthy and hungry, and getting their feathers:

On 13th June, they look almost ready to fly the nest!

George reported that they all flew the nest some time on the afternoon of 14th June. He did not see them leave as he was too busy but, when he went to check early that evening, there was just an empty nest.

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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 (