Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Fresh foliage and Spring flowers on Granta Park

The last week of sunshine and warm weather brought out some lovely fresh foliage and early spring flowers on Granta Park, a few of which Andy M photographed on his lunchtime walk.  Leaf buds on some of the trees are also starting to burst - including hazel, privet, hawthorn and willow - giving the woods a hazy green look.

Lovely glossy leaves of Wild Arum - some with black dots

Dog's Mercury

Small clumps of Sweet Violets on a shady bank

Almost overnight, every patch of rough grass was covered in Daisies

A humble first Dandelion


Clumps of Purple Dead-nettle scattered across the grass

The tiny but vibrant Speedwell

Hornbeam flower buds starting to expand

...whilst the Alder catkins are largely over and starting to fall

The pale green haze of early willow leaves

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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 or Peter Brunning via e-mail peter.brunning@cantab.net.

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)