Monday 13 April 2020

More from the Old Railway Cutting

A few photos from Andy M's most recent walk along the Old Railway Cutting this weekend.

The adjacent field has been ploughed and planted - making the Red-legged Partridge and Skylark easy to spot  ... for now!  A Song Thrush was giving it his all from the treetops, as was the Yellowhammer, whilst a Blackcap skulked in the bushes, and a Skylark perched prominently on the flowering oil-seed-rape.

New field patterns!

 Red-legged Partridge

 Song Thrush
Singing Song Thrush
 Singing Song Thrush

A male Yellowhammer
A male Yellowhammer

A skulking male Blackcap

Skylark perching on oil-seed rape


 Brilliant green tree flowers - species uncertain?


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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 (