Sunday, 5 July 2015

Wicken Fen outing - 27 June 2015

Jennifer arranged an outing to Wicken Fen on Saturday 27 June, primarily to see the dragonflies and damselflies for which the Fen is renowned. We were blessed with a lovely June morning, just the right weather for these insects. Ten members and two grandchildren came.

We were fortunate that an expert from the British Dragonfly Society talked to us at the start about the life cycle of dragonflies and how to differentiate between some of the blue damselflies.

Then we walked round the Fen on the boardwalk and saw many dragonflies and damselflies at close quarters in their exquisite colours. 

Barry took these photos:

Small Skipper
Four-spotted chaser dragonfly  

Azure damselfly
Blue-tailed damselfly
Marsh orchid
Marsh orchid


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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.