Wednesday 12 April 2023

Woodland walk on Granta Park

11th April 2023 - Iain Webb from the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust led a lunchtime walk around Sluice Woods on Granta Park, and Andy M took a few photos of interesting things Iain noted along the way.

Blackthorn in full and glorious bloom

Common Storksbill

White variant of Common Storksbill

The tiny flowers of Early Forget-me-not - barely a millimetre across

Seven-spot Ladybirds basking in the sun

Leaves of Bee-Orchid

Lesser Celandine

Dog's Mercury in flower

Common Cudweed - but actually not so common!  Found only on light, disturbed soils

Dog Lichen

Green Alkanet

Birdeye Speedwell

Black 'blisters' on Wild Arum leaves, 
caused by Melanustilospora ari Smut Fungus

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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 (