Saturday 27 January 2018

Pictures from Granta Park

David F spotted the Barnacle Geese were back on Granta Park cricket green today, and noted that the Snowdrops and Aconites are putting on a fine display in Lagden's Grove.

Earlier in the week, Andy M notes that a number of the Poplar and Willow trees, alongside the river behind Abington Hall, had been blown over by the strong winds last week.  One the badly damaged trees was the willow in which the Grey Heron nested last year, but as fate would have it, the branch with the nest on it remained unscathed.  It'll be interesting to see if the herons use this, now rather more exposed, nest again this year.

A rather sad gap in the line of Poplars behind Abington Hall. Two poplars were 
blown down and the willow tree containing the Grey Heron nest was badly damaged.

The top of the willow was snapped off, leaving a somewhat more 
exposed aspect for the Grey Heron nest!

 Further upstream, two more willows also snapped off by the wind.

Snowdrops in Sluice Wood

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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.

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