Monday, 27 June 2022

Kingfisher spotted along the river

21st June 2022 - On several of his regular morning walks recently, David F has spotted a Kingfisher quietly fishing in the shallow pools along the river.  Interestingly, and perhaps slightly surprisingly, this is the first reported sighting of a Kingfisher in the village this year.

Update 26th June 2022 - Kingfisher still around on the river for Andy M to get a couple of photos.

Insects along the Roman Road

19th June 2022 - Len M spotted a few interesting insects, feeding in particular on the Scabious flowers, along the Roman Road recently.

Thick-legged Flower Beetle

An interestingly patterned bee

A species of Lacewing

Skipper butterfly

Speckled Wood butterfly

Poppies along Bourn Bridge Road

11th June 2022 - Len M took these photos of the lovely display of Field Poppy, Mallow, Cow Parsley and other wildflowers in the 'fallow field' along Bourn Bridge Road.

Along the Protected Road Verge

19th June 2022 - David F noted a number of different flower species starting to come into flower along the Protected Road Verge (PRV) recently - in particular Hedge Bedstraw, Greater Knapweed and Scabious, as well as the plant parasite Knapweed Broomrape.  He also spotted Agrimony nearby along the Old Coach Track, and a Marbled White butterfly, as well as Small Tortoiseshell and Meadow Brown.

Greater Knapweed

Knapweed Broomrape


Marbled White

Friday, 17 June 2022

Large Skipper and Marbled White

17th June 2022 - Andy and Polly M have seen a couple of different butterflies in their Great Abington garden this week, including a couple of Large Skipper, and a Marbled White.

Male Large Skipper - note the prominent dark stripe on the wing

Male Large Skipper

Male Large Skipper

Large Skipper

Marbled White

Marbled White

Tuesday, 14 June 2022

Azure Damselfly

11th June 2022 - female Azure Damselfly, resting in dappled shade along the Old Railway Cutting.  With many thanks to Darren B for help with the identification - the configuration of markings on the thorax being the key pointers - Andy M. 

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 or Peter Brunning via e-mail

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (