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Ock Valley dawn chorus

Alun’s parents live near the Ock, and he ventured out on bank holiday Monday to record a dawn chorus from the Ock Valley Walk. It’s online on the Radio Aporee website.

The recording is an hour long and is a relaxing way to spend an hour or have as background birdsong. Alun took the risk of leaving the recording gear in the woods at 4:30 am while he nipped back for a cup of tea. He was a bit worried on returning because he had to search to find where he had placed them. He said standing around sniffing or rustling a coat is not good for the recording.

On the Aporee site, you can navigate the globe and listen and download recordings. Alun’s dawn chorus is available at

I walked the Ock Valley Walk earlier this afternoon. The nettles are knee-high and, at their best, fresh and light green.

Mayflies were bouncing up and down like yo yos. A few had settled.

Many birds could be heard, and a few could be seen eating insects.

Ukrainian flag

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council are flying the Ukrainian flag in solidarity with Ukraine amid the ongoing war with Russia.

Manufacturers across the world have reported a rise in demand for the Ukrainian flag since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24th.

New Starbucks coffee shop – planning application for signage

There is a planning application for signage for a new Starbucks coffee shop in place of M&Co in the Market Place.

Thankyou to the person who emailed me this news.

We are well served for coffee shops in Abingdon! Abingdon Market Place – alone – has: Costa, R&R, Java, and Throwing Buns.

The shop looks like the day when M&Co left, but outside at the back, there is work underway digging up the path.

Brown (garden waste) bin collection suspended

Brown Bins suspended
‘A press release earlier this week said ‘South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse district councils have taken the difficult decision to activate their business continuity plan and suspend their garden waste collections.’

‘The councils’ bin crews will be prioritising the collection of food waste, recycling and general waste collections following government guidelines in a bid to reduce the disruption to waste collections.’

Not everybody has got the message. These shots along the Oxford Road in Abingdon were this Saturday morning and the collection should have been Thursday.
Brown Bins suspended
There was a delay to the collection of recycled and garden waste two weeks ago.

‘The disruption is due to the ongoing issues of a shortage of HGV drivers who are needed to drive the councils’ waste collection vehicles. This is a national issue, not just affecting the districts.’

It could be down to the need to self-isolate.

The council will review the situation towards the end of August before providing an update.