Saturday 4 April 2020

Evening walk towards Hildersham Wood

On a sunny evening last week (1st April), Andy M took a walk south of the LSA towards Hildersham Wood.  In the pleasantly warm evening sun, there was much wildlife about. High above a Crow harried a Red Kite, whilst in the hedgerows below the Blackthorn was coming into flower well, and the birds were singing - Robin, and several Yellowhammer and Corning Bunting. Across the fields there were both Fallow Deer (with black crescents on their behinds), and a pair of Roe Deer in the distance, as well as some marvelously close views of the Hare that were chasing each other around the fields.

 A Carrion Crow harries a Red Kite

.. which eventually gently soars away

 The Blackthorn was coming in to flower well

 Robin singing

 A number of male Yellowhammer occupied positions high in the trees to proclaim their territories

... and close by, male Corn Bunting were doing the same, with their 'jangling keys' song

 Near Hildersham Wood a small group of Fallow Deer grazed

 Fallow Deer

 ... then sensed my presence and bolted off, showing off their black and white behinds

Fallow Deer

 A pair of Roe Deer

 Roe Deer

 A Hare pauses to take stock, having chased around the field

.... before heading off again

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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 (