Thursday 20 April 2023

Hybrid Primula??

16th April 2023 - Nancy O spotted an unusual plant flowering along Chalky Road. It seemed to have characteristics of both Oxlip and Primrose, but didn't seem wholly right for either. After some deliberation, it is believed to be a Hybrid Primula, resulting from a cross between a garden primula variety and the wild Primrose.

There is an interesting article describing the features and differences of Oxlip, Cowslip and Primrose, as well as some hybrids, by Susan Rushton - link here.
- Open flowers - Primrose. Narrower bell flowers - Oxlip and Cowslip. 
- Pale yellow flowers - Primrose or Oxlip. Dark yellow flowers - Cowslip
- Single flower per stem - Primrose. Clusters of drooping flowers per stem - Oxlip or Cowslip

Not an Oxlip or Cowslip as the flowers are open, not bell-shaped ...

and not a Primose as the flowers are held in clusters, not singly

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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 (