Sunday 17 November 2019

Early morning walk along the Old Railway Cutting

Last weekend, Andy M took a walk along the Old Railway Cutting in the early morning mist, just as the rising sun was starting to melt the frost. All nature was stirring, and the colours were fabulous.

Mist over Abington village

Hazy trees on the horizon

Low misty light on the frosty wheat

Frost on a thistle

 A covey of Red-legged Partridge setting out for the day!

Two male Pheasant squaring up for the fight



Common Buckthorn berries catching the dew

 Common Buckthorn berries

 A Buzzard waiting patiently for some warm air

 Male Chaffinch 

Female Blackbird feeding on the berries

An inquisitive rabbit 

Female Bullfinch feeding on Hawthorn berries

 ... and showing the distinctive white rump in flight.

Old Man's Beard
 Old Man's Beard

 Bright Bramble thorns catch the light

Sycamore leaves

 Yellow Ash leaves just about to fall


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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 (