Saturday 11 April 2020

Flowers around the village

David F spotting these patches of strikingly blue Ground Ivy along the Old Coach Road.

Jennifer H has continued to photograph the various wild flowers in her garden, including Cow Parsley, Yellow Archangel, and Wild Arum flower shoots starting to show.  The Horse Chestnut leaves have also expanded rapidly from their sticky buds over the last week.

David F noted the Honey Bees have been going mad on his flowering Cherry, noting the pollen on the bee's legs.  In fact, there was so much buzzing noise, he thought at first there was a nest in the tree. He also spotted an odd 'hybrid-coloured' Cherry tree by Bourn Bridge Cottages.

 Ground Ivy [DF]

 Ground Ivy [DF]

 Cow Parsley [JH]

 Wild Arum flower shoot [JH]

 Yellow Archangel [JH]

Horse Chestnut [JH]

 Honey Bee with pollen sacs, on Flowering Cherry [DH]

 Hybrid flower colours on Cherry tree [DH]

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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 (