Sunday, 9 July 2017

More moths and butterflies

These Cinnabar Moth caterpillars were spotted feeding on Oxford Ragwort plants this week on Granta Park

and Andy M saw this tiny Mint Moth (Pyrusta aurata) in his garden today - the wingspan being only about 1 cm (1/2 inch) across.

and a number of Gatekeeper butterflies have been seen in the village this week - in many ways similar to the Meadow Brown, but the Gatekeeper tends to rest with its wings open, and has two white dots within each dark 'eyespot' on the upper forewing, where the Meadow Brown has only a single white dot.

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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 (