Monday 2 October 2023

Juvenile Great Crested Grebe

17th September 2023 - earlier in the year, it was noted that a pair of Great Crested Grebe had successfully bred on Granta Park lake. The adults seem to have flown now, but two remaining juveniles have become quite large.  Juveniles can be identified from their black and white striped head. Whilst Andy was there, one decided to take a quick flight across the lake, using its lobed feet as paddles to get going.

Quietly taking a nap

Wake up time!

A quick preen ...

before gliding elegantly around.

Paddling vigorously to get airborne

note the lobed feet as it comes into land

and the white wing bars

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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 (