Monday 23 November 2020

Apparent scarcity of garden birds

David F has been concerned recently that, despite putting out bird food in his garden, there seemed to be a scarcity of garden birds visiting his garden this autumn.  Having contacted the BTO about this, he received the following reply from the '' team:

'Thank you very much for getting in touch with us. Yes, we have received a lot of similar reports recently. It seems that the lack of garden birds has been caused by the availability of natural food away from gardens, mainly due to the predominantly mild and wet weather. We haven't noticed anything else that has changed significantly so hopefully, now that the temperature is starting to drop, you will start to see more birds in your garden. I hope this helps and if you have any further questions or queries, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.'


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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 (