Monday 13 April 2020

Pond beasties!

This weekend, both Sally T and Andy M spent some time cleaning out the autumn/winter debris from their respective ponds, and both came up with a few interesting 'beasties'!

Sally T found a Smooth Newt and a number of nymphs - most likely all Dragonfly nymphs of various ages.  Damselfly nymphs are smaller, and have longer 'gills' at the end of the body than dragonfly nymph.

Andy M found three Frogs and a dragonfly nymph, believed to be that of a Hawker (species unclear).

Smooth Newt and Dragonfly nymphs
Smooth Newt
Smooth Newt and Dragonfly nymph
 Dragonfly nymphs

 Common Frog
  Common Frog
 Hawker dragonfly nymph
  Hawker dragonfly nymph
  Hawker dragonfly nymph - note those stripy eyes!

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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 (