Thursday 19 March 2020

A few spring flowers

Andy M walked around Granta Park on 11th, and noted a number of flowers starting to come out.
The Cowslip flower buds were starting to appear from the leaf-whorls on the 'entrance meadow' on GP, and there were many Daisies across the GP cricket green.  One or two small clumps of Red Dead Nettle were out this week, and many Celandine in flower along the riverbank of Cook's Meadow, and on GP near around the foot bridge.  One of two Speedwell also coming out near Riverside, and many large clumps of both mauve and white Sweet Violet out on GP (and wild in the garden).

He also noted a few slightly sleepy Buff-tailed Bumblebees out and about, as well as a rather prolific fungus growing on an old stump.

 Cowslip in bud
 Cowslip clump
 Celandine along the bank of Cook's Meadow
 Celandine along the river edge
 Sweet Violet
 Sweet Violet
Sweet Violet (white form)
 Buff-tailed Bumblebee queen
  Buff-tailed Bumblebee queen
Fungus (unknown spp) 
Fungus (unknown spp) 

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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 (