Saturday 4 April 2020

Blackbird eggs hatch

For the past couple of weeks a female Blackbird has been spending a lot of time on the nest, presumably incubating eggs, but on 29th March Andy M was surprised to see both female and male Blackbird off the nest, busily collecting food. He watched for a while and just managed to glimpse the young being fed.

Sadly, two days later, after some unseasonably cold northerly winds, the adults seemed to have abandoned the nest, and a closer inspection indicated that the young had perished, presumably from the cold. One of the perils of starting to nest so early. The pair are still around, and are busily making another nest - this time in a more sheltered location.

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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 (