Saturday, 7 May 2011

Native Wild Bees 'Walk & Talk' - 7th May 2011

Mr Raymond Uffer visited us to lead a ‘walk & talk’ on our native wild bees. We started off with a short afternoon walk to Audrey Bugg's meadow, where we checked out the insect life, and then repaired to the Institute for refreshments and an illustrated talk. Raymond gave us a fascinating insight into the life of bees and other insects, illustrated by pictures from his collection.

These are some of the creatures (and plants) we found on the walk...

Robber Fly (Dioctria atricapilla)

Red Shanked Carder Bee (Bombus ruderarius)

Cuckoo Bee

Narcissus Bulb Fly (Merodon equestris)

Meadow Saxifrage

Star of Bethlehem

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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 (