Sunday 3 January 2021

Snowdrops in flower, and an unexpectedly early butterfly

Jennifer H noted on 31st Dec, that the Snowdrops in her garden were coming into flower, and that the Aconite plants were showing signs of life, popping a leaf up above the soil!  

She also noted what must surely be the last butterfly sighting of the year, as a Peacock butterfly made an unexpected appearance in her house, coming out of hibernation on Christmas Day and alighting on the presents.

Snowdrops coming into flower

An Aconite poking up a first tentative leaf!

Peacock butterfly, coming out of hibernation 
indoors to investigate the Christmas Day presents.

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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 (