Monday 12 July 2021

Along the Old Railway Cutting

1st July 2021.  Andy M took a walk along the Old Railway Cutting in the early morning recently, and particularly noted the large number of juvenile birds in the hedgerows - Robin, Blue Tit, Dunnock and Goldfinch - mostly moving around in loose groups, but with some younger birds still being fed by the adults.  Also notable were the number of birds still singing, including Lesser Whitethroat, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Skylark.

In the sun, a few butterflies were venturing out, including good numbers of Meadow Brown, a few Large Skipper and a few Small Heath still around.

The Hedge Bedstraw was flowering nicely, as were Common St John's Wort and Oxford Ragwort.

A slightly disheveled adult Robin 

Adult Robin 

Lesser Whitethroat in full song

A young Robin - waiting hopefully for the parents to return with food

A young Dunnock - also waiting patiently

Young Blue Tit in search of insects

Young Blue Tit, dropping off and onto flight

Tree Bumblebee on Meadow Vetchling

Male Meadow Brown

Male Meadow Brown

Small Heath

Male Large Skipper

Male Large Skipper

The last few Elder flowers, as the berries start to form

Common St John's Wort

Oxford Ragwort

Hedge Bedstraw

Grey Squirrel ... if I stay really still, maybe he won't see me ...

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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 (