Sunday 7 June 2020

Great Crested Grebe, and other birds, on Granta Park

Early Friday morning, well before many folks were around, Andy M took an 'exercise walk' around Granta Park before work. Being windy, there weren't so many birds around - except on the lake, where to his surprise a pair of Great Crested Grebe were fishing. There was no obvious signs of displaying or nest-building - but the two birds were behaving as a pair. It may be a little late in the season to be starting this year - but we shall see!  This was the first time a pair has been seen on the lake since April 2018, when a pair started to nest, but it failed early.

There were also a pair of Tufted Duck on the lake, and a family of Canada Goose on the cricket field.

Great Crested Grebe - presumably a pair

Great Crested Grebe with a fish

 Great Crested Grebe

 Pair of Tufted Duck
 Male Tufted Duck
 Female Tufted Duck
 Canada Goose family, out for a stroll
 Canada Goose 

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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 (