Thursday 17 June 2021

Old Railway Cutting

A few weeks after his last visit, David F walked along the Old Railway Cutting this week, and noted some dramatic changes.  In the intervening period, the foliage had grown to waist-high, and many new flowers had appeared, including a profusion of Oxeye Daisy, Dog Rose and Common Poppy.  The saprophyte Common Broomrape was also seen alongside the path.  David also reported seeing a dog Fox, and a number of Speckled Wood butterflies.

Oxeye Daisy

Common Poppy

Dog Rose

Common Broomrape

Peter B also took this photo of the Oxeye Daisies there:

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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 (