Friday, 19 April 2019

Esme has a chat with Chris Packham!

Karen and Esme Langford were fortunate enough to attend the 'Big Cat Festival' in London on 13th April, hosted at the Royal Geographical Society.  An excellent conference with amazing speakers.

Esma took along her copy of the Abington NatureWatch Record, and talked with Chris Packham about wildlife in her village!  Chris was very interested to hear all about this, and looked in some detail at the invertebrate and butterfly lists in the Record.  Esme told him about how she feeds the fox and hedgehog in her garden, and learned that Chris also feeds the foxes in his garden, and is now seeing cubs.

Chris also gave Esme some tips on a photo of a Goldfinch she took, and signed it for her.  A wonderful chat with a really lovely and genuinely interested man!


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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)