Sunday, 7 June 2020

Old Railway Cutting

A 'nature walk' along the Old Railway Cutting and a through the former LSA on Saturday morning - Andy M.

Privet flowers  - just starting to show along the ORC
Silverweed - also a new flower out along the ORC this week
Silverweed

A male Common Whitethroat skulking in the bushes ..
... but later finding a sunny spot to sing
 Common Whitethroat

Elderflower

The Ox-eye Daisy flowers are still going strong

Woolly Thistle along the field edge
Woolly Thistle
Small Heath butterfly, resting in the sun, low to the ground
Meadow Vetch - also a new flower on the block

A Red Kite majestically soaring over, on the lookout for carrion
Red Kite 
Red Kite 

Pyramidal Orchid - along a field edge on the LSA
Pyramidal Orchid
Pyramidal Orchid

Male Green Woodpecker -with the red cheek patch - keeping watch ...
.... over the female Green Woodpecker, feeding on ants in the paddock

Male Pied Wagtail, stepping out in the same paddock

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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)