Tuesday 27 June 2017

More Granta Park Wildlife

Andy M's colleague, Diane Hatton, spotted this lovely Bee Orchid flowering near the MedImmune building.

Whilst on a lunchtime walk this week, Andy M spotted several Black-tailed Skimmers resting on the edge of the lake, as well as Common-Blue Damselfly and many Ringlet butterflies in the meadow near the sluice. Finally, at the river's edge an adult Grey Wagtail was seen feeding a fledged youngster.  The young Grey Herons have now left the nest (photograph from 14th May).

Black-tailed Skimmer (thanks to Darren Bast for the id!)

Common Blue Damselfly

Ringlet butterfly

Adult (upper) and young (lower) Grey Wagtail near the sluice

Young Grey Heron on the nest in willows near the river (14th May)

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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.

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)