Saturday 27 July 2013

Botany & Butterflies - Fleam Dyke - 27 July 2013

Jennifer organised an outing to observe the flora and fauna on the Fleam Dyke just to the east of the A11. Ten of us started from the A11 at 09:30 and walked eastwards to Bedford Gap.

Walking towards Bedford Gap

These are the butterflies and flowers that we recorded.
Flowers (in no particular order)
Large white
Small white
Horseshoe vetch (seed pods)
Small tortoiseshell
Small skipper
Dropwort (gone to seed)
Meadow brown
Lady’s bedstraw
Hedge bedstraw
Greater knapweed
Black Knapweed
Marbled white (2)
Dwarf thistle (‘Picnic’ thistle)
Chalkhill blue (perhaps 200 or more?)
Tuberous thistle

Carline thistle
5 spot Burnet moth
Kidney vetch

Quaking grass

Common milkwort



Small scabious

Field scabious


Wild parsnip




Wild mignonette (or weld?)

Dark mullein

Goatsbeard (Jack go to bed at noon)

Oxeye daisy

Salad burnet


Sweet briar



Burnet Moth (photo JH)

Chalkhill Blue (photo JH)

Chalkhill Blues (photo JH)


Small White


White-tailed Bumble Bee
(photos PB unless noted)

Sunday 21 July 2013

Field mouse in High Street garden

Jennifer regularly sees this field mouse on her bird nut feeder  

Ringlet butterfly on Roman Road

Jennifer took this photo of a Ringlet butterfly, showing the underside of its wings

Thursday 11 July 2013

Mullein Moth Caterpillar

Jennifer took a photo of this Mullein moth caterpillar near the Bourn Bridge Road fields


Sunday 7 July 2013

Egyptian Goose at Granta Park

Andy Merryweather reports that whilst walking around Granta Park at lunchtime on 24th June, he spotted an Egyptian Goose among the 20 or so Canada Geese on the lake. He has only seen an Egyptian goose a couple of times before...

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 (