Monday 26 February 2018

Visit to RSPB Ouse Washes

Six Abington Nature Watch members enjoyed a sunny but chilly visit to RSPB Ouse Washes on Saturday 24th February.  A good variety of duck and other waterbird species were seen, as well as two large flocks of Whooper Swan, probably totalling more than 800 birds, mostly in fields adjacent to the reserve.  At the Visitor Centre, the feeders attracted large numbers of Chaffinch and Goldfinch, as well as Tree Sparrow, Reed Bunting, and one or two Lesser Redpoll and Brambling.  A thoroughly enjoyable and rewarding morning! 

The full list of the 47 bird species recorded is:  

Barry B and Andy M took some photos -
of Whooper Swans:

Whooper Swans, with Tufted Duck in foreground

 Tufted Duck

Great Crested Grebe

And some of Tree Sparrows (as well as House Sparrows!)
Tree Sparrow - brown cap, and white cheek with black patch

Tree Sparrows

 House Sparrow (left) and Tree Sparrow (right)

House Sparrow - grey cap and cheeks

House Sparrow

Pied Wagtail

Lesser Redpoll - female

Cormorant 'wing-drying' and Canada Goose

Ely Cathedral across the 'washes'

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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.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (