Saturday 29 July 2023

So many Butterflies!

10th July 2023 - Andy M spotted a good variety of butterfly species along the Old Railway Cutting, in particular good numbers of Red Admiral and Comma, feeding on a patch of Creeping Thistle flowers. Plenty of other species too though, including Essex Skipper and Large Skipper, as well as the more usual Meadow Brown, Brimstone, Small Tortoiseshell and a variety of Whites.

Essex Skipper - there seem to be good numbers around this year.

Essex Skipper - with black-tipped antennae

Essex Skipper on Creeping Thistle flower

Large Skipper - with chequer-patterned wings

Large Skipper

Meadow Brown  

Meadow Brown - on Wild Marjoram

Comma - with characteristic ragged-edged wings


Comma underwing, showing the small white comma


Comma and Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Small Tortoiseshell

Red Admiral - looking incredibly smart

Red Admiral

Red Admiral underside

Male Brimstone - also on Creeping Thistle

Male Brimstone

The somewhat more secretive Ringlet

Small White - male with striking yellow underwings

Large White - with black tips extending down the sides

Large White

Green-veined White

Silver Y Moth - unusual to see this out during the dat

Dock Bug

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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 (