Friday, 3 August 2018

Spotted Flycatcher

Anne D-N has had a pair of Spotted Flycatchers nesting in her garden until recently.  These pictures were taken on 22nd July - one showing the adult with a fine beakful for a lucky chick.  The pair were nesting in an artificial swallow nest, and Anne believes that the young fledged in the last few days.

Michael Holdsworth, who studies these wonderful birds, indicated that Spotted Flycatchers are fairly nest site-faithful so, assuming they successfully make the journey to central Africa and back, they may return next year! 

Also see the interesting BTO article describing the work in which Michael is involved - BTO Spring newsletter - Spotted Flycatchers

BTO Spring newsletter - Spotted Flycatchers

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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 (