Sunday 30 July 2023

Butterfly and Flora walk around Granta Park

11th July 2023 - Iain Webb from the Cambridge Wildlife Trust led a lunchtime Butterfly Walk around Granta Park, looking at butterflies, flowers and anything else of interest. Andy M joined the group and took a few photos. A good number of species were seen, most notable being the first Gatekeeper of the year.

Pyramidal Orchid in flower near the lake

Essex Skipper on Lady's Bedstraw, the latter being extremely
abundant in the meadows around the cricket field

Kidney Vetch - an unusual species, here seen in the entrance meadow, 
and important as the sole food plant of the Small Blue butterfly

Kidney Vetch flower

Gatekeeper - the first of the year

Large White, feeding on Wild Marjoram

Comma, on Common Nettle, the food plant of the
caterpillars of this, and several other butterfly species

Small White, feeding on Spear Thistle

Common Blue Damselfly, resting near the lake outflow

Common Darter - characteristically perching 
and watching from a high vantage point

Brown Knapweed - an alien plant to the UK, 
but common elsewhere in Europe

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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 (