Wednesday 28 June 2023

Abington Bird Survey Results

As in previous years, NatureWatch members were invited to note all the bird species seen within the Abington parish boundaries, from Friday 26th to Monday 29th May 2023.

Derek received a total of seven reports, which between them included an impressive list of 59 different species (plus one possible) this year. The table below includes the number of reports received for each species, as well as the maximum number seen at any one time.

Only four species were included in every list: Blackbird, Jackdaw, Robin and Woodpigeon, and 18 species were reported only once. Interestingly, a good variety of warbler species were seen (or heard) - Blackcap, Chiffchaff, Garden Warbler (unusually), Lesser Whitethroat, Reed Warbler, Whitethroat and Willow Warbler.

A Little Grebe was seen on GP lake, and two Grey Partridge were spotted along the Roman Road, both species being reported relatively rarely in Abington. A Nightingale was possibly heard along the ORC (as identified using the Merlin app) - a species which is has never been reported before in the Abingtons, although this 'app identification' was not able to be confirmed visually.

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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 (