Saturday 8 May 2021

Granta Park walk

Sunday, 2nd May 2021.  

Andy M took an early morning walk around Granta Park. The field of Cowslip at the site entrance, and the Cherry blossom were a real spectacle in the spring sunshine, and the woods were turning a verdant green as the trees come into leaf.  Chiffchaff, Blackcap and Wren were all singing.

Around the lake a pair of Mute Swan were feeding, as was a Grey Heron, and Reed Bunting were busy singing and pairing up in the reedbed.  Unusually, a Sedge Warbler was also heard singing from deep in the reeds, not a species that Andy had heard there before, and likely a bird just passing through on the way to a larger reedbed. 

Quite a display of Cowslips in the field by the site entrance

Cowslip and Cherry blossom

Cherry blossom along the avenue path

Common Storksbill

Low sun in Sluice Wood

Wych Elm seeds



Dappled sun in Sluice Wood

Garlic Mustard

Garlic Mustard

The river in Sluice Wood, near the footbridge

Seeing double!  A pair of Mute Swan

Mute Swan

Grey Heron

Male Reed Bunting

Male Reed Bunting

Male Reed Bunting

A female Reed Bunting, watching the singing males

A male Pied Wagtail displaying to a female...

... who was apparently unimpressed!


A Greylag goose snoozing 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 (