Monday 7 June 2021

Walking the footpaths of the Abingtons

30th & 31st May.  During the late spring bank holiday, Andy M walked a number of the paths around the Abingtons, encompassing the village centres, the ORC and LSA, Sluice Wood and Granta Park, Cambridge Road and the Roman Road, joining them up into two loops.  Watching birds as he went as part of the ANW Bird Survey, he also took a few photos along the way.

Red Campion - ORC
White Campion with some early morning dew - ORC
Spindle Ermine Moth web and caterpillars - ORC
Spindle Ermine Moth web and caterpillars - ORC
Goat's Beard - ORC
Singing Skylark - LSA
Singing Skylark - LSA
Singing Skylark - LSA
Orange Tip butterfly on vetch flower - GP
Swallow freshening up and taking a drink - GP
Buzzard keeping a watchful eye on me - GP
Buzzard - GP
Socially distanced Pied Wagtail - GP
Little Egret above GP lake
Grey Heron above GP lake
Juvenile Cormorant also above GP lake
Reed Warbler - GP reedbed
Reed Warbler - GP reedbed
Mute Swan displaying - GP lake
Ragged Robin - GP
Yellow Flag iris - around GP lake
male Blackbird 'sun-bathing' - village
Blackbird collecting food amongst the early morning buttercups - Church Lane
An alert Hare - Cambridge Road
Comfrey - Cambridge Road
Swallow - triangular wing and tail streamers - GP
House Martin - stalling to catch a fly - GP lake
Swift - long scythe-like wings, fast flight - GP lake
Adult Blue Tit waiting to take food to its nest - GP woods
Swallows on the wires - LSA
Swallow on the wires - LSA
Swallow on the wires - LSA
Young Starling being fed - LSA
Small Copper butterfly - Pampisford Road

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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 (