Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Observe bio-security - clean boots and equipment if you visit other rivers!

Back in July, we were advised of am outbreak of crayfish plague in Norfolk. 

The Fish Health Inspectorate at CEFAS advised that the dead white-clawed crayfish found at Sculthorpe Mill on the River Wensum recently were due to crayfish plague.

This makes it a good time to remind people of the Check-Clean-Dry guidance that is now more important than ever to protect remaining native populations in the upper Wensum, Tat and other Norfolk rivers.

This is equally, if not more, important if you visit these rivers and return here (or elsewhere).

Getting into a good practice routine of biosecurity when using watercourses for leisure or work is so important, 

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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 (