Category Archives: environment

Litter Picking makes River safer for Wildlife


There was a River & Riverbank clean-up today using the combined forces of Surfers Against Sewage, Abingdon Carbon Cutters, Abingdon Against Plastics and Kingfisher Canoe club, all coordinated by Anne Smart.

Anne Smart presented prizes for the three most unusual finds

(utility power block, ‘dollar’ lino and underwater power drill).

The river and river banks are now safer for wildlife.

This is a picture from the blog in May 2006. I believe that plastic ring can holders are still allowed in 2021, fifteen years later.

P.S Today’s blog post is dedicated to J.

Theme Day – May 2021 – Earth


The field between the Dunmore Road and Wootton Road, currently being developed for new houses, has been used for agriculture since at least 1880 and probably much further back.

The earth or soil here comprises a topsoil of clay with a subsoil of stiffer clay and bands of sand and gravel.

The British Geological Survey of the area indicates that beneath the soil is harder Amphill & Kimmeridge Clay from the Jurassic Period.

Since my last visit to the development, the speed limit on the Abingdon outer relief road has changed from 40 MPH to 30 MPH near where the new housing is to be.

The Wootton Road is closed both sides of the Wotton Road roundabout for a few weeks, although you can still go round the outer relief road.

For more pictures of Earth in all its meanings (from soil to the environment to the whole planet) visit City Daily Photo – Theme Day,

A Mountain of Coffee Cups

Costa Cups
Last year we bought reusable cups so that we could stop the growth of the the single-use coffee-cup mountain. This year the mountain of coffee cups is growing higher again.

During lockdown the coffee shops are only allowed to serve takeaways and that has increased the quantity of single-use cups.

Reusable cups are bulky and easily forgotten and we don’t always have them with us at the moment we visit: Coffee Aroma, Costa I, Costa II, Java, R&R, or Throwing Buns in Abingdon.

Drayton Field – Permissive access ending on October 31st 2020

Drayton Field
Daniel sent me a picture of a notice that has been put up at the permissive entrances to Drayton Field.

DEFRA’s Environmental Stewardship conservation scheme is run by Natural England, a government body. The scheme pays landowners for conserving the environment. In the case of this field it meant that the meadow grass and flowers were allowed to grow, and people were permitted to walk round the field.
Drayton Field
After it became permissive, gates were put in at the bottom end. There were also maps and information about the permissive access.
Drayton Field
Most people access the field from a gap in the fence from Masefield Crescent Play Park.

Before access became permissive, the fence was continually being mended and broken down. It would probably take a developer building houses on this field to stop dog walkers. This field is not in the local plan so there is not immediate chance of this.
Drayton Field
The most interesting feature of the field is the small wood at the south west corner.
Drayton Field
There are good views from that corner. You can see the Old Gaol and St Helen’s Church.
Drayton Field
A recent change is that the Morland Gardens estate can be seen to the east.
Drayton Field
Another recent change is that Drayton village is visible to the south.

Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council have identified this field as a possible site for a new cemetery.