Monday 13 April 2020

Walk around the former LSA

A few photos from Andy M's walk around the roads and footpaths on the former Land Settlement Association this weekend.

Male Pied Wagtail - note the black back 
Female Pied Wagtail - note the dark grey back 
Male Pied Wagtail
 Female Pied Wagtail 

Female Linnet

 Coal Tit in Scots Pine
  Coal Tit in Scots Pine

Swallow - not the best light, but never-the-less Andy M's first Swallow of the year!

 Willow Warbler - paler brown legs and long wing tips help in separating this
from the very visually similar Chiffchaff ..

 ... but the song of the Willow Warbler is very distinctive, being a lovely run
of 7-8 descending notes shouted out from high vantage points

 Willow Warbler
Willow Warbler

Male Blackcap in Blackthorn blossom
 Male Blackcap in Blackthorn blossom

 Somehow, it seemed early in the year to be seeing Dandelion clocks!


 Shepherd's Purse

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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 (