Monday 31 March 2014

Early Bird

On 30 March, George found this 'early bird' in the middle of the road outside the Thatch next door in the High Street. It is believed to be a Dunnock.

He also reports that a grebe is back on the Granta Park lake.

Sunday 23 March 2014

South Cambridgeshire District Council Community Awards - 20th March 2014

Abington Naturewatch was awarded third place in the Community Pride Award - Improving the environment section. We have a framed certificate which we hope to hang in the Abington Institute.

Dates for your diary - 2014 programme

to be confirmed

To be kept informed and reminded about forthcoming events, please join the mailing list (usually email). Contact details below.

Saturday March 15th 10:30
Abington Institute
Members’ meeting
Thursday March 27th am
Visit to Hayley Wood
Flora - Oxlips
Sat April 12th 10:30
River Bridge / Ford
River Sampling
May 19th-31st TBC evening
Beech Wood
Flora - Helleborines
May 23rd to 26th all day
Around GA & LA
Birdwatch – Recording
May 30th 19:30
Abington Institute
Talk – Fleam Dyke & Roman Road
Weds June 18th 18:30
Wicken Fen
Birds, Flora & Mammals
Tues July 1st evening
River Bridge / Ford
River Sampling
Sat July 5th morning
Fen Drayton
Birds, Dragonflies & Damselflies
Thurs July 17th evening
Old Railway Line
Weds July 30th morning
Devils Dyke
Butterflies & Flora
Tues August 12th 18:30
River Bridge / Ford
River Sampling
Late summer TBC
Great Fen Visit

Date TBC
Audrey Bugg’s garden
Overnight Moth Trapping
Date TBC
Marion Rusted’s garden
Overnight Moth Trapping
September 20th TBC
Abington Institute
Celebration of World Rivers day –
Fauna sampling & study, open meeting
Abington Institute
Talk on fungi
Granta Park TBC
Fungus foray
October TBC
Abington Institute
Members’ meeting

Monday 17 March 2014

Bumble bee

This large Bumble Bee came to visit us in Church Lane on 2nd March but had to be helped out as he couldn't get out of the window!

Tuesday 11 March 2014

More signs of Spring

Jennifer took these photos in Cooke's meadow:

White Violets

Saturday 1 March 2014

Signs of Spring

David took these photos on 22nd February:

Canada geese on Granta Park lake

Sluice wood in the early spring sunshine

Jennifer took these photos on Sunday 26th February:

Violets on the Recreation Ground near Great Abington church

View from the Millennium footbridge...
the river is flowing very clear after the silt was thoroughly scoured by recent high flows

Cedar Cup fungus in Cambridge Road

Derek has found these earth-cup fungi under his cedar tree - believed to be Geopora sumneriana.

This large cup fungus develops initially as an underground sphere before breaking through the soil surface and opening up to form a crown-shaped cup.

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 (