Wednesday 2 June 2021

Early morning along the Old Railway Cutting

15th May - Andy M took a few photos on his early morning walk along the Old Railway Cutting.

Wild Mustard flowers, providing a splash of vibrant colour

Hawthorn, or May, just starting to come into full bloom

Wild Arum flower spike


Hemlock - growing fast amongst the remains of last year's stems

Lovely finely-divided and verdant foliage of the Hemlock

Goat-Willow flowers

Lesser Whitethroat

Lesser Whitethroat

Song Thrush singing loudly from a Hawthorn thicket

Good numbers of Cowslip along the ORC this year
Cowslip in the dewdrops


Dandelion clock

A slightly agitated female Blackcap

Male Linnet
Male Linnet ... and now the other side!

Chiffchaff feeding in Hawthorn

A Teasel head from last year

Seven-spot Ladybird nestled comfortably in some White Dead-nettle

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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 (