Wednesday 6 September 2023

Two types of Grebe breeding on the lake

27th August 2023 - whilst on his regular visit to Granta Park, David F spotted two rather interesting species on the lake. It was not until quite recently that a Great Crested Grebe was seen on the lake, but they have clearly been around for a little while now, as David saw not only two adults, but also two juveniles (these being the ones with the stripy heads).  

Shortly afterwards, he also saw a Little Grebe, which were believed to be nesting around the lake margins this year, and this photo of the juvenile, with the stripy head, rather confirms this!

Great Crested Grebe - two adults (top left and bottom right), 
and two quite well-grown stripy headed juveniles

Little Grebe - also believed to be a juvenile, with a stripy head pattern

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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 (