Thursday 24 September 2020

Wild fruits of autumn

Walking along the Old Railway Cutting over the last few weeks, Andy M has noted the sheer abundance of various wild fruits and berries in the hedgerows at the moment.

Ripening Elderberries
Ash keys in the autumn sun
A proliferation of Rowan berries
A 'wild' Apple tree in the hedgerow
A heavy crop of Haws
Old Man's Beard seed-heads catch the sun
A good crop of Pears on a 'wild' tree - sadly all out of reach!
Old Man's Beard
Sloe berries
More Blackberries
Old Man's Beard
Large bunches of Ash keys
Rowan or Mountain Ash berries
Ivy flower buds

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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 (