Monday 1 April 2019

An early morning walk along the Old Railway Cutting

Andy M took an early morning walk along the Old Railway Cutting at the weekend - and in the warming sun, Spring seemed in full flow.  The air was full of birdsong, from summer visitors such as Chiffchaff and Blackcap, and residents such as Wren, Robin and Dunnock alike, all defending their territories and attracting mates. Overhead several Skylark were singing high up, as a Red Kite drifted through.  The Blackthorn was resplendent, proving beyond temptation for several Bullfinches, and below a few Cowslips provided a dash of colour. The warmth of the sun even tempted a Fox out from its den. All most pleasant.

Chiffchaff, singing from high in the trees
 ... and Chiffchaff singing in the Blackthorn

A male Blackcap, similarly proclaiming loud and clear
 Male Blackcap

 A feisty Wren holding its own from prominent perches

And a Dunnock, uncharacteristically out in the open for all to hear

 A male Bullfinch feeding on Blackthorn buds - one of two pairs seen

 A Red Kite casually drifting through, on the lookout for breakfast

Red Kite

A few Cowslips, coming into flower, provided a splash of colour

 Clusters of Blackthorn flowers everywhere, in their full glory

 A fox, quietly soaking up the warming sun

A Hare out and about in the fields

Early morning dew highlights spider's webs in the grass

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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 (