A great community day is happening this weekend on Coldhams Common. There will be events such as a big litter pick, outdoor environmental games for children and guided nature walks around the common. The event is starting at 10:30am, meeting at the lay by on Barnwell road opposite the pet shop. Additional information: Don’t mess with Abbey           www.facebook.com/groups/dontmesswithabbey/ Abbey People                          www.abbeypeople.org.uk Clean for the Queen 2016      www.cleanforthequeen.co.uk   Contact Jesús Zurdo; email: jesus.zurdo@gmail.com; Tel: 07480 151691

Good news! A never before recorded fungus (for this area) has been spotted at Byron’s pool nature reserve. This wonderful fungus has a rounded head and a shaggy ochre-brown stalk. The fruiting body is produced between September and November but the stalk remains in place throughout the winter months which allows a longer period for possible identification. The head of the fungi is a mass of spores which have a warty appearance and are brown and spherical in shape. The species prefers dry and sandy banks or edges…

This stem gall was spotted at 9 Wells nature reserve this week. Home to the larvae of a small wasp this gall is known as Diastrophus rubi and is host specific to the Dewberry or Bramble but has been recorded on Raspberry canes. Galls are very interesting natural phenomenon as they form on plants in response to secreted hormones from mainly insects but they can also be triggered by bacteria and fungus. They are not a sign of disease but consist of healthy plant tissue which is full of nutrients for the growing larvae within. This tissue is…