Sunday, 24 February 2019

Butterflies and Bees out and about in the warm sun

In recent days, Brimstone butterflies have been reported by several members, in gardens and on the Roman Road - with the first report being on 15th Feb. Since then, Small Tortoiseshell and Comma butterflies have also been seen, on 22nd and 24th, as well as the first Buff-tailed Bumblebees (16th) and Honey Bees.

 Comma butterfly (AM)

 Comma butterfly (AM)

Buff-tailed Bumblebee queen (AM)

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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 (