Sunday, 3 March 2019

January 2019 - Interesting sightings around The Abingtons


JANUARY 2019

2nd       Small flock of 9 Barnacle Goose on cricket green on Granta Park.
3rd        Polecat found dead on side of road on Granta Park.
7th       Sparrowhawk circling high above Sluice Woods, and again in a low-level, high speed attack on a flock of feeding Redwing on 29 Feb.
8th        Peacock butterfly seen in Lt Abington garden.
22nd    Pair of Little Egret seen in Sluice Woods, and a female Reed Bunting regularly visiting a garden feeder on Bourn Bridge Road.  Group of 12 Canada Goose and a Greylag on Granta Park lake.
             A Badger was reported on Great Abington cricket pitch.
23rd    Low numbers of Greenfinch reported on garden feeders this year (only 1-2 and not often seen), compared to larger groups of Goldfinch and Chaffinch being regularly reported.
25th       One or two pairs of Stock Dove seen regularly in ivy-covered trees near the sluice.
26th  Lovely display of Snowdrops near the sluice and in Lagden’s Grove on Granta     Park.  Aconite flower buds remain resolutely tightly closed.
31st      An unusual sighting of a large pale-ish brown owl, most likely a Short-eared Owl, hunting in the late afternoon over scrubby ground on Bourn Bridge Road.

Many thanks to all those who have contributed reports of their sightings for January 2019:
Peter Brunning, David Farrant, Jennifer Hirsh, Andy Merryweather, David Pimblet, Sally Simmons, Richard Smith. 

Please email your sightings, from within the Abington parishes, to the relevant ANW Recorder:
Amphibians:      Anne Dunbar Nobes     ac.dunbar.nobes@gmail.com
Birds:                 Derek Turnidge             derek@turnidges.com
Butterflies etc    Jennifer Hirsh               jennifer@hirsh.com
Flowers:            Sally Turnidge               sally@turnidges.com
Mammals:         Gill Smith                      richardandgill.smith@live.co.uk

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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail peter.brunning@cantab.net.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (amerryweather61@gmail.com)