Sunday 10 May 2020

Village walk - birds and flowes

David F took a walk along the Old Railway Cutting today, and noted a good number of birds: many Blackcap, a couple of Common Whitethroat, a Yellowhammer, Blue Tit and Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock, Song Thrush, Blackbird, but surprisingly no singing Chiffchaff.

As well as seeing a Muntjac, David also noted a few flowers starting to come out, in particular, a
Poppy, and White Campion, and near GA Church an interesting wild flower meadow full of Red Campion and White Campion, and Oxeye Daisy alongside the A1307. 

Emma J also noted a first Poppy flower out in her glasshouse on Friday 8th - impeccible timing for the VE Day commemoration!

 Poppy [photo David F]

White Campion [photo David F]

 Poppy [photo Emma J]

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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 (