Monday 22 April 2019

A special encounter with a Badger

On 21st April, Ross and Anne D-N reported that a Badger came visiting their garden in the early hours of the morning (visiting at least twice between 1.30am and 4.30am).  Noisily scrunching up snails and (hopefully) slugs around their patio, they could hear the Badger turning over stones and loose bricks, and when the security light came on it came up to the french windows and gazed in at them - next to a bucket that it had overturned. 

Anne found plenty of snail shells in the morning, as evidence of their first encounter with a Badger in their garden in the 23 years they have lived on South Road!

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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 (