Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Flora Abingtonia

[These are] the first three parts of what will be (I hope before the end of the summer) the five parts of a first attempt to set up a Flora of the Abingtons. The aim is rather tribal than scientific; that is to say, to produce something of interest and use to Abington Plantwatchers here and now. The Big Beasts, such as District, County and the Wild Life Trust, are not much interested anyway in surveys or records put together by amateurs. This leaves us free to work on the principle of not letting the best be the enemy of the good, and so free to get some data out if we can, albeit often tentatively and in spite of their imperfections.

http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~ig206/nw/flora-abingtonia-01.pdf
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~ig206/nw/flora-abingtonia-02.pdf
http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~ig206/nw/flora-abingtonia-03.pdf

Pat Daunt

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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail peter.brunning@cantab.net.