Members undertake surveys and recording for the Society throughout the year on and around Barton Field, during field events and at home.

Butterflies

Ringlet butterflies are common in our area

A group of members share the responsibility for formal weekly butterfy surveys from March to September over two "transects", one covering Barton Fields, the other slightly further east along R Thames. These survey results are submitted to the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme (UKBMS).

Barton Fields report:2011 - 2013

Fungi

Fungi can look beautiful from below

Fungal forays are undertaken during the autumn and early winter. The Barton Fields Green Team undertakes annual surveys of the Willow Carr at the western end of Barton Fields. One of the autumn Field Events for 2012 was a fungal survey in Oxford University's Harcourt Arboretum, and in 2013 there was a survey in Bagley Wood.

Members undertake surveys and recording for the Society throughout the year on and around Barton Field, during field events and at home.

Weather

Mike Wilkins, an Abingdon Naturalists'  Society member, has recorded temperature and rainfall at his home for over 30 yrs, and provides monthly reports and annual summaries for our website.

Steventon Report

Citizen Science!

Citizen Science – experiments, surveys and reporting by the general public rather than professionals makes an important contribution to research and understanding of many issues related to wildlife and the environment. You do not need to be an expert or undertake special field trips to contribute to many of the surveys. Here are just a few of the surveys which Abingdon Naturalists' Society members take part in, some from their own gardens:

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Flora

We undertake annual survets of Barton Fields flora

Surveys of the Wildlower meadow estabilshed at Barton Fields have show that the introduced plants have increased in abundance, and many other plants have colonised naturally. Tall growing herbs and tall grasses which once dominated have practically disappeared, allowing low-growing flowering plants to thrive. The enhanced plant diversity in the wildflower meadow, is reflected in the greater number of grassland butterflies in these areas compared with the un-enhanced mid-field area.

Barton fields survey review: 2012

Aquatic

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Members participate in surveys at the four shallow ponds which the Society has establised and maintains on Barton Fields. Members also monitor the Water Vole population in waterways around Abingdon.