Thursday 19 March 2020

News: First Chiffchaffs heard

Tuesday 17th March 2020

Andy M reported hearing the first Chiffchaff in the Abingtons this season whilst on a walk along the Old Railway Cutting on Tuesday evening.

It seems the Chiffchaff have again arrived en masse this year, since the next day (18th) Derek T had a clear view of one in his garden, and heard and saw another near the Millennium Bridge.

Last year, one first 'early bird' Chiffchaff was heard singing on 1st March, but they were much more widely heard across the villages in the weeks following 19th March 2019.

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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 (