Tuesday 14 May 2024

Life on the water

10th May 2024 - there were a few interesting species around on Granta Park lake this week, when Andy M took a walk around. There was a family of two adult Canada Goose with their five really quite small goslings, and several Greylag Goose adults. They were joined by an 'almost adult' Mute Swan which was mostly white but still with a few brown juvenile feathers, and both a Little Grebe and a Great Crested Grebe - only the latter of which hung around to have its photo taken.  Several male Mallard and a Moorhen were also spotted there.

Canada Goose pair and goslings

Canada Goose and goslings

Greylag Goose

Greylag Goose

Mute Swan 'teenager'

Mute Swan 'teenager'

Great Crested Grebe

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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

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 (amerryweather61@gmail.com)