Sunday 15 August 2021

Flowers and Butterflies along the ORC

4th August - a walk along the Old Railway Cutting rewarded Andy M with a fine display of flowers and good numbers of butterflies in the bright early morning sunshine, including a number of very prim-looking Painted Lady butterflies.

The low sun shining through the flower heads

Banks of flowers

Slender Thistle



A trio of Teasels

Common Knapweed, also called Black Knapweed


Mugwort - concealing a spider and her web

Backlit flowers

Old Man's Beard



Small Scabious

Field Scabious

Wild Basil

Wild Basil - still moist with dewdrops

Wild Marjoram

Thistle spp - possible Spear Thistle




Gatekeeper - note the two white dots in the black 'eye spot'

Gatekeeper - note the small white dots on the underside


Green-veined White

Meadow Brown

Small Skipper

Small Skipper

Essex Skipper - note the black tips to the antennae

Essex Skipper

Essex Skipper


Skipper and a dandelion flower



Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Male Greenfinch

Male Yellowhammer

Male Yellowhammer

Teasel and Ragwort in the sun

Ripenening wheat

A good crop of wild Apples

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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 (