Friday 7 July 2023

NatureWatch walk around Granta Park

5th July 2023 - a good number of NatureWatch members - fifteen in fact - enjoyed an evening walk around Granta Park. There were plenty of different flower species in bloom in the meadows, with the striking yellow of Lady's Bedstraw being most abundance. In a shady area near the lake, a couple of Pyramidal Orchid were in flower, and on the other side of the park there were still a few of the large mass of Bee Orchid in flower, although most of them were over.

Whilst quiet in terms of singing birds, there were Barnacle Goose, Greylag and Canada Goose on the lake, with a good number of Mallard in eclipse plumage. Both Little Grebe and Great Crested Grebe were seen as well as a Reed Bunting.  A Hare was seen latterly on the cricket pitch too. [photos by Andy M unless otherwise indicated]

Lady's Bedstraw

Hop Trefoil

Viper's Bugloss

Common St John's Wort

Musk Mallow

Common Yarrow

Bird's-foot Trefoil

Wild Marjoram

Purple Loosestrife


Pyramidal Orchid

Pyramidal Orchid [photo John T]

Bee Orchid

Bee Orchid [photo John T]

Bee Orchid area, when most were in flower - 18th June [photo David F]

Barnacle Goose on GP lake [photo John T]

Mullein caterpillar

Attending group

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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 (