Thursday 13 August 2020

News: Spotted Flycatcher in the village

Thursday, 13th August 2020

Derek T was lucky enough to have a Spotted Flycatcher visit his Cambridge Road garden today and, as is typical for this species, watched it darting out and back from the same perch to catch flies.

Whilst it is possible this is a local bird, there have been no other reports of Spotted Flycatcher in the village this year, so it may well be that this bird has bred elsewhere and is now travelling through on it's way back to southern Africa where they spend the winter.

Some may remember Michael Holdsworth's excellent talk at a recent ANW meeting. His research project into the migration of this species has now completed and further information may be found at:

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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 (