Sunday, 31 March 2019

News - first Orange Tip butterfly of the year. Chiffchaff and Blackcap heard singing

Saturday, 30th March

The first sighting this year of an Orange Tip butterfly was reported by Derek T in his garden along Cambridge Road.

Orange-tip (male/upperwing) by Neil Hulme
Male Orange-Tip (picture from Butterfly Conservation website)

Summer visiting warblers have also been arriving in greater numbers this week. An increasing number of Chiffchaff have been heard singing across the village over the last week or so, joined this weekend by several Blackcap, heard singing in Sluice Wood and along the Old Railway Cutting - David F, Andy M.

 Chiffchaff - Old Railway Cutting - Andy M

 Male Blackcap - Old Railway Cutting - Andy M

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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 (