Monday, 2 July 2018

Birds and Bees and Butterflies

This weekend both the Blackbirds and the Robins nesting in our garden fledged, and the young ones spent much of the time hopefully following their parents around, expecting to be fed - Andy M.

Female Blackbird diligently gathering food for the fledged young
Hungry young Blackbirds

 Adult Robin on the lookout for food in the lawn below
  Young Robin
 Young Robin

There were very many honeybees and Bumblebees enjoying the lavender and other flowers, so I spent a little time photographing the various types - only to discovery that there were several Tree Bumblebees and Garden Bumblebees in amongst the more readily identified Red- and Buff-tailed Bumblebees.

 Red-tailed Bumblebee
 Red-tailed Bumblebee
 Red-tailed Bumblebee

Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Buff-tailed Bumblebee
Buff-tailed Bumblebee

 Garden Bumblebee - with two yellow bands in the centre of the body
 Garden Bumblebee

 Tree Bumblebee - with ginger thorax and white tail
Tree Bumblebee
 Tree Bumblebee

There were several butterflies around the garden too -

 Comma
 Comma
 Comma

 Brimstone

 Small White

Meadow Brown


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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

For more information or to join, please contact David Farrant on (01223) 892871 or Peter Brunning via e-mail peter.brunning@cantab.net.

Contributions to our records should be sent to sector contacts or either of the above. Photographs may also be submitted to Andy Merryweather (amerryweather61@gmail.com)