Wednesday 10 April 2024

Arriving Warblers along the ORC

10th April 2024 - the Chiffchaff are generally the earliest warbler to arrive in the UK, the first one being seen in the Abingtons on 10th March this year, and then arriving en masse shortly afterwards such that they can now heard singing from almost every bush it seems! A little later, on 23rd March, the first Blackcap was heard in the village, and these too can now be heard singing from hedgerows all around the village. Both these warblers arrive in the UK from southern Europe, whereas the Willow Warbler travels here from sub-Saharan Africa, thus arriving a little later, with two heard singing today, 10th April.  Andy M



Willow Warbler

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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 (