Wednesday 6 September 2023

Muntjac and Magpies

 19th August 2023 - an unusual behaviour, perhaps more commonly seen on safari than in Abington, was seen by Maggie T in her garden recently.  A Muntjac is a regular visitor, and on this occasion a couple of Magpie felt the urge to jump onto its back, presumably in search of insects and the like. Maggie was quick off the mark and took this video - somewhat reminiscent of the behaviour of Oxpeckers on Zebra and Buffalo on the plains of Africa!

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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 (