Saturday 4 May 2019

Granta Park Dawn Chorus Walk

A number of Abington NatureWatch members joined staff from Granta Park on the Dawn Chorus Walk, on 25th April.  Starting at 6am (!), and dodging a few light showers, the group walked through Lagden's Grove and Sluice Wood, hearing a good variety of lovely bird songs - led by Iain Webb from the local Wildlife Trust. 

Highlights were the 'slightly scratchy, but wonderfully liquid' song of the Blackcap, the characteristic onomatopoetic notes of the Chiffchaff, and the distant 'rich, fluty' song of the Mistle Thrush.

A full list of those birds heard (and in some cases seen) is included below.

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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 (