Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Along the Old Railway Cutting

Along the Old Railway Cutting, the Blackthorn flower buds are simply bursting to go - with just one or two flowers coming out.  At the end of the cutting, a lovely Sallow tree is covered in fluffy, yellow-tipped flowers, in much demand from a large number of Buff-tailed Bumblebees.  Also a rather pretty, but as yet unidentified, small bracket fungus growing on some deadwood along the path.  A lovely lunchtime walk - Andy M

 Blackthorn flowers - just bursting to go!

 Sallow flowers

A rather lovely-coloured small bracket fungus

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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 (