Sunday 6 October 2019

Box-Tree Moth caterpillars - gardeners be warned!

Polly and Andy M recently noticed some brown patches on their Box bushes in the garden. Closer inspection revealed a number of rather beautiful, but also rather troubling, Box-Tree Moth caterpillars (Cydalima perspectalis), busily munching their way through the inside of the bushes.  Several specimens were removed for closer inspection!

A recent accidental introduction from south-east Asia, the Box-Tree Moth was first seen in the UK in Kent around ten years ago, and is now well-established in south-east and across southern England.  The RHS has established a survey to record its understand its spread.(

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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.

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