Tuesday 23 March 2021

A spring walk around Granta Park

14th March - Andy M took the opportunity to walk around Granta Park at the weekend, when there were very few people around, and nature had the place to itself.  Quietly walking through Sluice Wood, he spotted a Buzzard, intently watching and listening for any activity in the rough grass below.  

Where the sun had been shining through the trees, patches of Sweet Violet, both purple and white ones, and bright sun-burst Celandine were coming into flower, particularly alongside the river near the old footbridge. And around the buildings the Daffodils were also giving a fine display.

Near the lake, a pair of Mute Swan were 'up-ending' to get at the weed, but soon spotted Andy and headed across, in hope of some bread no-doubt.  The Canada Goose and Greylag Goose were more reticent, keeping their distance, as did the Grey Heron.  Finally, as Andy walked back across the rough ground near the new lakes, a group of Meadow Pipit and Pied Wagtail were feeding, continually dashing and stopping in search of insects.


Buzzard - intently watching the rough ground below

Spring sun, casting string shadows through the trees


Celandine in a sunny patch on the river's edge


Celandine and Sweet Violet

Sweet Violet

The pale form of Sweet Violet

The tiny Speedwell flower low in the grass

The river was running clear and fast through Sluice Wood

Mute Swan

Mute Swan coming in hope of a tasty titbit

Canada Goose

Greylag Goose

A wary Grey Heron keeping a watchful eye

Meadow Pipit feeding in the rough grass

Daffodils putting on a fine display

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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

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 (amerryweather61@gmail.com)