Wednesday, 20 November 2019

A Wintry Walk around Granta Park

A few photos from Andy M's wintry walks around Granta Park this week.  The frosty nights were certainly bringing the leaves down, and in the quiet stillness of the early morning, you could hear the leaves gently falling!

 Frosty thistles by the river

 Frost on Cow Parsley seedheads

Autumnal Oak leaf colours

 A carpet of red, orange and yellow sycamore leaves

 Leaf rafts covering the slow moving river

Mallard on the lake

 Barnacle Goose 'lawnmowers' in the early morning

 A Grey Heron, hunched up against the cold

 Fabulous patterns in dead bark made by the Bark Beetle


 'Wood Ear' or 'Jelly Ear' fungus (Auricularia auricula-judae)

 Pink-orange bracket fungus on a dead oak (species unknown)

A watchful Owl carved in situ from a standing tree-stump

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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 (