Other Naturalists' Groups in our area
Abingdon Naturalists' Society members share their interests with many other groups in our area:-
General Naturalist Interest
- Earth Trust
- Friends of Radley Lakes
- Wild Oxfordshire - a partnership between many wildlife organisations in the county
- Ashmolean Natural History Sociey of Oxfordshire
- Reading Natural History Society
- Shotover Wildlife
- West Oxfordshire Field Club
Environment and Sustainability
- RSPB Vale of White Horse Local Group
- Oxford Ornithological Society
- Newbury & District Ornithological Club
... and some local Blogs
Our members support a wide range of natural history and conservation societies and voluntary organisations beyond our immediate area. Some are well known national organisations while these are a few less well known:-
Make your Sightings Count
Citizen Science – experiments, surveys and reporting by the general public rather than professionals makes an important contribution to research and understanding of many issues related to wildlife and the environment. You do not need to be an expert or undertake special field trips to contribute to many of the surveys. Here are just a few of the surveys which Abingdon Naturalists' Society members take part in, some from their own gardens:
- Effects of Habitat disturbance on the hunting behaviour of Red Kites - a project for a student at Swansea University
- Oxford Swift Survey - for the Oxford Swift City project
- Swift Survey - for RSPB
- Nature's Calendar – seasonal events as indicators of climate change – Woodland Trust
- UK BeeWatch survey – Bumblebee Conservation Trust
- Garden Birdwatch – weekly record of birds in our gardens – British Trust for Ornithology
- Garden Wildlife Health – a collaborative project between ZSL, the BTO, Froglife and the RSPB which aims to monitor the health of, and identify disease threats to, British wildlife. The particular focus is on garden birds, amphibians, reptiles and hedgehogs.
Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre collates wildlife and environmental records in Oxfordshire and Berkshire. Their database forms the basis of a service to planners, land managers, students, environmentalists, ecologists and others.
ClimatePrediction.net – a volunteer computing, climate modelling project.
Citizen Science Works for Wildlife Protection!
Birdtrack records of Buzzard sightings over 5 decades provided crucial evidence leading to the successful prosecution of a Norfolk gamekeeper for mass poisoning of raptor