Barton Fields in February

In January I suggested a monthly visit to The Barton Fields Nature Reserve and here we are in February.
Barton Fields in February
The Thames Path runs along one side of Barton Fields. It is wet and muddy.
Barton Fields in February
The marshy ponds have become more extensive after the recent rain.
Barton Fields in February
The Sustrans Route 5 cycle way runs along the other side. A lot of the trees and bushes arch over the cycle way with their show of blossom.
Barton Fields in February
Small leaves are also appearing from the wood.
Barton Fields in February
The hay, reported in this blog last autumn, has been left in piles which provide an area for some animals to over-winter.
Barton Fields in February
The only mammal I saw, apart from the people and dogs out on walks, was a squirrel, and it was well hidden.
Barton Fields in February
There were lots of birds. In one area of bushes, near a pond, there were lots of Tits and Goldfinches flying from perch to perch. On further investigation I discovered they were attracted by bird feeders hung from a tree.
Barton Fields in February
On the notice boards, at either end of Barton Fields, a talk is being advertised. It is about a Floodplain Meadow Project run by BBOWT. So that could have some ideas for Barton Fields where a wild flower area is being established.

Normally members of the Abingdon Naturalists’ Society also talk about sightings they have made seen since the last meeting. I wonder what they have seen in Barton Fields during February.

1 Comment February 22, 2020

How people in Abingdon can help Orangutans in Sumatra.

Orangutans in Sumatra
In Lombard Street, in the centre of Abingdon, there is a Charity that takes you into the heart of the Sumatran rain forest.

Sumatra has lost a lot of its tropical rainforest through deforestation. One of the many species that is endangered is the Orangutan. The SOS Orangutans organisation want people to ‘Help us protect orangutans in the wild, where they belong.’
Orangutans in Sumatra
Visit https://www.orangutans-sos.org/ to see how people in Abingdon can help Orangutans in Sumatra.
Orangutans in Sumatra
Thankyou to Sumatran Orangutans Society – SOS – for the images taken by Andrew Walmsley.

2 Comments February 22, 2020

Ballet Open Day

Ballet Open Day
Also to mention that during half term there is a ballet open day this Saturday. Apologies if this is too late. I was sent it a while back.

Leave a Comment February 21, 2020

River Thames Flooding in Abingdon

Flooding
Nobody is bringing their boat through Abingdon Lock today.
Flooding
The River Thames has flooded, swamping the fields and meadows on the opposite bank from Abingdon.
Flooding
Somebody I know got a call to suggest they move their car from Abingdon Marina. It was standing in a couple of inches of water.
Flooding
I am not sure whether moving it, at such a late stage of the floods, was a good idea. The road to Abingdon Marina was a lot deeper.
Flooding
Boat owners, anxious about the safety of their craft, take extra measures to keep them safe.
Flooding
Otherwise it can be disastrous.

6 Comments February 21, 2020

Hands at Work

Hands at Work
Richard sent me some pictures of the Repair Cafe last Saturday. They were provided by Feng,  an Ethical Fashion Designer, and Marketing Manager for Fairtrade at St Michael’s in Oxford.

Feng said ‘ It was great to pop into the Repair Cafe earlier, it was certainly busy! Here are a few photos of ‘hands at work’.
Hands at Work
Hands at Work
Hands at Work
Hands at Work

Leave a Comment February 19, 2020

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