Wednesday 28 June 2023

Bee Orchids - a good year!

11th June 2023 - it seems to have been a good year for Bee Orchid this year, with flowers being reported from several sites around the village. 

Emma J left some of her grass unmown this year, and was very happy to find two Bee Orchid flowering in amongst the longer grass.  And the profusion of leaf florets seen earlier in the year on GP fulfilled its promise and resulted in a fantastic display of flowering spikes, thanks to the area been roped off and not mown. 

Bee Orchid in lawn on the LSA [Photo Emma J]

Bee Orchid flower on the LSA [Photo Emma J]

Profusion of Bee Orchid flowers on GP [Photo Darren B]

Profusion of Bee Orchid flowers on GP [Photo Darren B]

Profusion of Bee Orchid flowers on GP [Photo Darren B]

Bee Orchid flowers on GP [Photo David F]

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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 (