Wednesday 26 February 2020

Walk around Granta Park

Andy M took a few pictures of things that caught his eye whilst walking around Granta Park this month.

Earlier in the month it was warmer and more sunny, but seeing Daisy flowers out on the cricket green was still a something of a surprise.

The Snowdrops were still putting on a fine display....

.... and the Aconites seemed better than ever this year, literally carpeting the whole area around the sluice.

The lovely glossy foliage of Wild Arum was now fully unfurled, both plain and spotted forms, and the fresh green leaves and tiny flowers of Dog's Mercury emerged all over Lagden's Grove.

Moss 'fingers' seemed to grasp a fallen log, and the small orange caps of the Velvet Shank fungus (Flammulina velutipes) shone out in the shafts of sunlight.

Tree bark textures (possibly a Sycamore), and by the lake the seedheads of Common Reed (Phragmites) in the sun.

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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 (