Tuesday 18 July 2023

Amazing variety of wild flowers

10th July 2023 - walking along the Old Railway Cutting recently, Andy M was struck by the amazing number of wildflower species in flower, possibly due to the cooler, wetter summer than last year. 

Using his phone took photos of many of them to help identification back home. Interestingly, amongst the species was a Pyramidal Orchid in flower - not a species he had seen along there before.

Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid

Closeup of Pyramidal Orchid flower



Wild Basil

Wild Marjoram

Hop Trefoil

Bird's-foot Trefoil


Yellow Mignonette

Field Poppy

Wild Carrot


Oxeye Daisy

Spear Thistle

Old Man's Beard

Common Agrimony

Common Selfheal

Dove's-foot Cranesbill

Common Centaury

Smooth Hawkweed

Seedhead of Goatsbeard

Hedge Bedstraw

Smooth Hawksbeard

Wild Parsnip, and an Ichneumon wasp

Common Mallow

Field Scabious

Field Scabious

Hedge Bindweed, climbing up Common Nettle

Hedge Bindweed

Field Bindweed

A good stand of Creeping Thistle - which the butterflies were very much enjoying

Creeping Thistle

Creeping Thistle

Perforate St John's Wort

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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

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 (amerryweather61@gmail.com)