Thursday, 2 June 2016

Visit to Beechwoods Nature Reserve - 1 June 2016

The Beechwoods nature reserve on the other side of the Gogs is a pleasant place to walk around, especially at this time of year when the Helleborines are in flower. See for more information and a location map. Parking is available in a lay-by opposite the entrance.

Sally Turnidge organised a visit at short notice after seeing them opening last week. They were good but the weather was not! If you missed the visit, it's quite easy to find. The best of the helleborines are somewhat protected by ad-hoc fencing but please take care and leave therm for others to enjoy!

Seven Naturewatch members and a dog braved the unseasonal wet, windy and cold weather to go to the Beech Wood to see the helleborines. There were a good number of the plants in flower and we were glad we went.

On the way to see the helleborines, we saw some impressive bracket fungi on a fallen tree

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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:>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail

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