Saturday, 27 July 2013

Botany & Butterflies - Fleam Dyke - 27 July 2013

Jennifer organised an outing to observe the flora and fauna on the Fleam Dyke just to the east of the A11. Ten of us started from the A11 at 09:30 and walked eastwards to Bedford Gap.

Walking towards Bedford Gap

These are the butterflies and flowers that we recorded.
Butterflies
Flowers (in no particular order)
Brimstone
Thyme
Large white
Rockrose
Small white
Horseshoe vetch (seed pods)
Small tortoiseshell
Squinancywort
Small skipper
Dropwort (gone to seed)
Meadow brown
Lady’s bedstraw
Ringlet
Hedge bedstraw
Peacock
Greater knapweed
Gatekeeper
Black Knapweed
Marbled white (2)
Dwarf thistle (‘Picnic’ thistle)
Chalkhill blue (perhaps 200 or more?)
Tuberous thistle

Carline thistle
Moth
Harebell
5 spot Burnet moth
Kidney vetch

Quaking grass

Common milkwort

Ragwort

Teasel

Small scabious

Field scabious

Yarrow

Wild parsnip

Pignut

Bryony

Agrimony

Wild mignonette (or weld?)

Dark mullein

Goatsbeard (Jack go to bed at noon)

Oxeye daisy

Salad burnet



Juniper

Sweet briar

Privet

Elder

Burnet Moth (photo JH)

Chalkhill Blue (photo JH)

Chalkhill Blues (photo JH)

Skipper

Small White

Ringlet
Skipper

White-tailed Bumble Bee
(photos PB unless noted)


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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.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (amerryweather61@gmail.com)