Sunday 22 March 2020

Granta Park Walk

David F took a walk around Granta Park this morning (22nd), and reported the following:

Blue Tit and Great Tit, Green Woodpecker and Great Spotted Woodpecker, Blackbird, WrenPied Wagtail, Moorhen and Mallard on the lake, with a Grey Heron also in attendance (see photo).  No Great Crested Grebe to report on the lake yet, although they may not return having failed to breed again last year. Two Buzzard, which seemed to have quite pale plumage, were seen soaring around Sluice Wood.  The highlight however, was what David believes to be a Merlin (very thin shape, fast flyer) over the Perse playing fields being chased by a Crow

Grey Heron

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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 (