Tuesday, 5 May 2020

News: The Swifts are back!

Tuesday 5th May 2020

First thing this morning, Maggie T reported seeing around eight Swift circling above her house near Great Abington church.  They stayed around for most of the day, so were not 'just passing through' and later in the day, three were seen closely circling the house and landing on a ledge.  Maggie added that the Swifts arrived five days earlier than last year, when she had four or five nests under the eaves.

Must be summer now - surely!

The next day Andy M saw two of (presumably) the same Swift flying over his house and took this montage of pictures.


John T took this excellent photo of the Swift seen above his house (9th May)

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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)