Wednesday 8 July 2020

Wildlife around the village

During several walks around the village over the last week or so, Andy M has taken a few photos of all the wildlife, birds, insects, animals and flowers, that caught his eye - from the Old Railway Cutting, around the former LSA and on Granta Park.

 Rabbits on the Pampisford Road meadow
 Pyramidal Orchid on the LSA
 Meadow Brown butterfly
 Large Skipper butterfly
 Grasses catching the early morning sun
 There's a Hare in my flax!
 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly on bramble flowers
 White-tailed Bumblebee on Bramble flowers
 Chiffchaff (dark legs!) feeding in the tall Hemlock
 Male Blackcap singing from deep in the undergrowth
 Meadow Brown butterfly on bramble
 Grey Heron stalking in the shallows of Granta Park lake
 Pond Skaters
Pond Skater
 Centaury flowers and hoverflies
 Common St John's Wort
 Hedge Bedstraw
 Hoary Mullein
 Male Linnet
 Male Linnet singing
 Wild Marjoram (in bud)
 Meadow Brown
 Chiffchaff - one of the few species still regularly singing
 A young Fox in the flax field
 Marbled White butterfly
 Red Kite gliding slowly overhead 
 Common Toadflax
 Small Tortoiseshell butterfly soaking up the warm sun
 Goat's Beard
 Large Skipper butterfly
 Seven-spot Ladybirds enjoying the protection of a thistle
 Marbled White meets Hoverfly
 .. and trying to make room for all on the flowers!
 Small White butterfly
 Hoverflies ... hovering around the Mullein

 It was virtually one Hoverfly per flower ...
... and there were many Hoary Mullein flowers available! 
 White-tailed Bumblebee on Common St John's Wort
 Hoverflies enjoying a particularly good flower!
Cinnabar Moth

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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 (