Wednesday, 4 September 2019

Female Common Darter dragonfly

Andy M spotted these female Common Darter dragonflies patrolling a sunny glade in Lagden's Grove, which were very obligingly landing on prominent sunny perches, allowing some close-up photos.

According to 'British-Dragonflies'
'Common Darter are frequently found away from water, resting on the tops of plants in woodland ridesSimilar in appearance to other Darter species, particularly the Ruddy Darter, the Common Darter can be separated by its pale leg stripes, and black wings spotsboth of which could easily be discerned!

 Female Common Darter, nicely showing black wing spots

Female Common Darter, showing paler leg stripes

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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 (