Friday 28 September 2018

Recent Abington Birds

Derek reports having the first Great Spotted Woodpecker for some time on his feeders today and later a male Sparrowhawk dispatching and then flying off with a Blackbird.  Anne has seen a Red Kite near Hildersham Wood - the first sighting for some weeks, and has regular visits to the garden by a Goldcrest.  Andy spotted a male Grey Wagtail on the edges of the river below the sluice (on 27th), and a female Mandarin Duck in amongst the multitudes of Mallard and Canada, Barnacle and Greylag geese on Granta Park lake.  A male Mandarin duck, in eclipse plumage, joined the female on 4th October.

 Male Sparrowhawk with a Blackbird as prey

Female Mandarin Duck with Mallard

Joined by a male Mandarin Duck (in eclipse plumage) on 4th October

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 (