Tuesday 14 June 2022

Butterflies on a Bramble-patch

11th June 2022 - the large patches of Bramble are currently in flower, and were proving to be something of a honey-pot for the local butterflies. Andy M counted nine different species there or nearby, including at least 20-25 Small Tortoiseshell and quite a few Large Skipper.  

Painted Lady

Painted Lady

Meadow Brown

Male Large Skipper - with the obvious black 'sex-brand' 
or stripe on the upper wing, and blotchy-patterned underwing

Comma, and Large Skipper

Large Skipper and White-tailed Bumblebee

Small Tortoiseshell were particularly numerous on the bramble

Small Tortoiseshell on Green Alkanet

Female Small White - attempting to mate with a somewhat inept male

Speckled Wood

Speckled Wood

Andy M also saw, but did not photograph, Brimstone and Green-veined White.

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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.

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)