Sunday, 8 May 2011

Entomological News

Jennifer Hirsh would like to gather information of any insect sightings in the Abingtons. Pictures would also be welcome: these are some of hers:

White tailed bumble bee

Common carder bee on rosemary bush

Broad bodied chaser (type of dragonfly)

Broad bodied chaser (type of dragonfly)

Green Shield Bug

Damsel Flies

Jennifer also reports that members have so far reported seeing 11 different butterfly species this year:Brimstone (the earliest)
Green veined white
Holly blue
Large white
Orange tip
Red Admiral
Small tortoiseshell
Small white
Speckled wood

She would be interested to hear of any further sightings, especially of others to add to this list!

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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 (