Sunday, 23 June 2019

Painted Lady butterfly - could be an influx year?

There have been quite a number of Painted Lady butterflies seen across the village (and beyond) in the last week or so. Polly M saw a very 'pristine' one in Lewis Crescent (19th), along with another this morning.  Derek T had one in his garden, and several were seen by David F along the Roman Road this morning. Further afield, Andy M saw two in Yorkshire on 15th, and Anne D-N also reported seeing them in Norfolk on 21st.

So keep an eye out, and let Jennifer know if you spot one!  It could be that this year will be an 'influx year', when large numbers of these long-distance migrants find their way to the UK from the edge of the desert in North Africa where they over-winter.
https://butterfly-conservation.org/butterflies/painted-lady

Photos: Derek T, 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: 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)