Friday 14 April 2023

Ring Ouzel on the Land Settlements

14th April 2023 - a male Ring Ouzel has been seen for the last few days feeding on the lawn of a private garden on the Land Settlements. Many thanks to the owner for kindly inviting Andy M to see the bird for himself and to take these photos.

Ring Ouzel breed in the more remote, mountainous parts of the north and west UK, but get pushed further south in winter by bad weather in their breeding areas. A scarce passage migrant to Cambridgeshire, with around 25 records per year on average, and seen only a handful of times in the Abingtons - the previous sighting being on the recreation ground in April 2021.

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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 (