Finding Out About…. Black-headed Gulls

Black-headed gull image by William, CC BY 2.0 Why do birdwatchers not take too much notice of gulls? This bird is one of our most familiar local birds, but is very little known to most people, being called a “seagull” by most of my friends? So, if the herring gull (a declining species) is the… Read More

2020 Annual Wildlife Report now available online

Our 2020 Annual Wildlife Report, which gathers together all of the wildlife sightings and records over the whole of 2020 at Paxton Pits, Little Paxton village and in the surrounding area, is now available online. We want to extend our huge thanks to everyone involved in surveying and pulling together this report during this most… Read More

Finding Out About… Woodpeckers

A great spotted woodpecker hangs from our garden bird feeder, and it is also interested in the remains of a chicken hanging from an apple tree! Both the great spotted woodpecker and the green woodpecker are familiar sights around the villages these days, but historically both these birds had a rather uneasy relationship with man… Read More

Finding Out About… Buzzards

Latin name: Buteo buteo A pair of common buzzards circling and “mewing” high over the Cambridgeshire countryside is a very welcome and familiar sight to many local naturalists these days, but this was not always the case. This slow flying, broad-winged raptor has had a somewhat controversial relationship with man, for in Victorian times it… Read More

Finding Out About… Robins

Image: Jim Stevenson Robins in Fact and Fiction I suspect that most people in the UK know what an adult Robin looks like, but from my experience most do not understand that young Robins do not have red breasts.  The situation is not helped as Christmas cards will often depict a family of Robins with… Read More