Sunday 8 March 2020

Storm aftermath in Sluice Wood

After the recent heavy rain and stormy weather, the high river levels were starting to drop, leaving behind muddy banks and piles of trapped flotsam at the old sluice, and the winds had taken their toll on an old hollow tree, felled and splitting the timber.
In the sun, after the storm, the first few Celandine were starting to appear in Sluice Wood.  Andy M also spotted a Ladybird apparently sheltering from the worst of the weather deep down in a Dog's Mercury plant.


Ladybird sheltering in the leaf cluster of Dog's Mercury
Photos Andy M

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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 (