Thursday 29 April 2021

RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch - results from RSPB

The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch took place in January, and the RSPB have recently released the collated data from across the UK.  Derek T compared the ten most commonly reported species from our own Abington survey, with those most commonly reported across England.


Interestingly there are a number of differences, mostly relating to Abington's relatively rural location.  The low number of sightings for House Sparrow and Starling in the Abingtons is striking, and the higher position of both Woodpigeon and Jackdaw in Abington perhaps indicates the relatively close proximity to farmland. 

Thanks to all who took part in the BGBW earlier in the year, and to Derek for collating the results.

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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 (