Thursday 14 May 2020

Stock Dove and Woodpigeon

Derek T saw a pair of Stock Dove in his garden today, which very conveniently were positioned near a Woodpigeon, allowing us to see the differences.

The Stock Dove is somewhat smaller and slimmer, with a prominent iridescent green and pink patch on the neck, a black eye and a dark wing bar.  The chunkier Woodpigeon also has some pink and green on the neck, but this is dominated by a large white patch, with no black wing bar.  In flight, the Woodpigeon also has a characteristic white wing band.

 Pair of Stock Dove

A Woodpigeon (front left) and Stock Dove (back right)

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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 (