Sunday 7 June 2020

Old Railway Cutting walk

During a walk along the Old Railway Cutting last week, Andy M took a few photos of things that caught his attention in the early morning light.

View along the ORC path

A large stand of very tall Hemlock
Hemlock flower head

Dog Rose flower, just opening
Dog Rose
 Dog Rose

Nettle flowers

 Elderflowers, getting going
 Song Thrush, singing from a high perch

Male Linnet - singing
 Female Linnet - listening!

 Poppy - flexing in the breeze

 Goat's Beard flower
 Seed heads of Goat's Beard

Male Linnet - a more brightly coloured one!
Female Linnet
Female Greenfinch
Male Yellowhammer

Small Heath - backlit and warming up in the sun
Small Heath
 Small Heath

 Woolly Thistle and Tree Bumblebee
 Woolly Thistle flower just opening

 White Campion

 The tiny flower of Salad Burnet (about 1cm across)

View south, towards Hildersham Wood

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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 (