Saturday, 27 July 2019

News. Common Tern reported in Abingtons for first time

Saturday 27th June, 2019

Andy M was at home first thing this morning, watching the rain out of the window, when he noticed the unmistakable silhouette of a medium sized tern flying quite low over his garden, heading east.
Its size, the narrow pointed wings, long tail streamers and dainty flight made it likely this was either a Common or Arctic Tern, and given the location and time of year, this was undoubtedly an adult Common Tern

Derek indicated that this species has not been reported by ANW in the Abingtons before.

Adult Common Tern.
Photo 'All about birds' website

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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 (