Tuesday 13 February 2024

River Granta floods again

11th February 2024 - following the most recent rains, on top of what was already fairly saturated soil, soon had the River Granta rising again, flooding the meadows between the two churches (Hood's Meadow and Bancroft Meadow), parts of Sluice Wood, Cook's Meadow and parts of Lagden's Grove. 

Hood's Meadow from the GP bowling green

Bancroft Meadow from near Abington Hall

Bancroft Meadow and the river, running high, from near Abington Hall

A particularly apt warning - the river in Sluice Wood on GP

Snowdrops, just escaping being inundated

River running high through the Sluice gates

Sluice Wood, in GP, looking more like a mangrove swamp

River just upstream of the footbridge, Sluice Wood

The somewhat soggy path through Sluice Wood on GP, from the footbridge

Cook's Meadow with a high river level, Lagden's Grove

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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

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 (amerryweather61@gmail.com)