Sunday 24 July 2022

ANW Visit to Wicken Fen

23rd July 2022 - a group of nine ANW members visited Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust. After a brief introduction from the staff, we followed the 'board walk' around part of 'old' Wicken Fen, which is one of the last remaining unimproved and undrained fens, and so contains a good diversity of 'typical fenland' flora and fauna.

Brown Hawker dragonfly [photo AM]

Ruddy Darter dragonfly [photo AM]

Ruddy Darter dragonfly [photo AM]

Common Darter dragonfly [photo AM]

Red-eyed Damselfly [photo AM]

Blue-tailed Damselfly (male) [photo AM]

Blue-tailed Damselfly (female - possibly rufescens-obsoleta form) [photo AM]

Emerald Damselfly [photo AM]

Common Darter  [photo BMB]

Red-eyed Damselfly  [photo BMB]

Brimstone on Purple Loosestrife flowers [photo AM]

Red Admiral on Hemp Agrimony flowers [photo AM]

Red Admiral on Hemp Agrimony flowers [photo AM]

Gatekeeper on Hemp Agrimony flowers [photo AM]

Speckled Wood [photo AM]

Peacock on Hemp Agrimony flowers [photo AM]

Brimstone  [photo BMB]

Peacock  [photo BMB]

Peacock  [photo BMB]

Speckled Wood  [photo BMB]

Unknown moth (?) caterpillar [photo AM]

Juvenile Little Grebe [photo AM]

Hybrid Mallard [photo BMB]

Hybrid Mallard  [photo BMB]

Swallow, preening  [photo BMB]

Swallow  [photo BMB]

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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 (