Sunday 24 June 2018

Butterflies this weekend

Ringlet and Large Skipper made an appearance in Andy M's garden this weekend, for the first time this year.  Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell and Meadow Brown were also seen, as well as a male Southern Hawker dragonfly.

Ringlet and Marbled White were also reported from the Roman Road by those on the Mid-summer walk.

 Large Skipper - male - which seemed to be 'keeping look-out' from the top of a clipped box-ball

Ringlet - settling only in the shady spots!

Friday 22 June 2018

Little Owls nesting again on Granta Park

After two years of nesting in the heaps of building rumble in a (now re-landscaped) site on Granta Park, the Little Owls have moved on and found a new nesting site in amongst the various pipes and tubes stored on site. The pair of adult owls have at least one well-developed chick, which hopefully will successfully fledge in the next few weeks.

Adult emerging - having fed the chick(s) in the nest

Chick - looking out from the pipe-nest

Sunday 17 June 2018

Buff-tailed bumblebee in High Street

Jennifer took phis photo of a Buff-tailed Bumblebee on her honeysuckle on 17th June

Saturday 16 June 2018

Small Tortoiseshell butterfly

This very 'new-looking' Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was feeding on the perennial wallflowers in Andy M's garden today.

Elephant Hawk Moth

Andy M found an Elephant Hawk Moth in his greenhouse this morning and, after carefully moving it to the shady undergrowth, took these pictures.

Saturday 9 June 2018

Young Blue Tits everywhere

Andy M's garden was seemingly awash with young Blue Tits early this morning.  It appeared that two broods fledged at the same time, and there were adult and young Blue Tits calling from all corners of the garden.

Tufted Duck and Damselflies

A single male Tufted Duck joined the Mallards on the Granta Park lake this week.
Nearby in Sluice Woods a number of male Banded Demoiselle damselflies were also seen - Andy M

White Ermine Moth

This White Ermine Moth was spotted by Andy M flying around his bathroom one evening last week.

Friday 8 June 2018

Abington Naturewatch Survey 25 – 28 May 2018

Derek Turnidge has collated the results of 5 reports from around the village for the late May bank holiday weekend.

Species recorded

Longtailed Tit
Blue Tit
Canada Goose
Mistle Thrush
Carrion Crow
Coal Tit
Pied Wagtail
Red Kite
Corn Bunting
Redlegged Partridge
Collared Dove
Song Thrush
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Stock Dove
Great Tit
Green Woodpecker
House Martin
House Sparrow

Five reports were received this year.

The number of species (47) shows the variety of birds in our area at this time of the year.
As well as gardens, places visited included the Old Railway Cutting, the area to the south up towards Abington Park Farm and Granta Park.

Monday 4 June 2018

Fungus in Church Lane

Peter found this fungus growing in the compost bin on 4 June

Caterpillar on Church Lane hedge

Peter saw this caterpillar on a hedge in Church Lane on 1 June. It looks like a Vapourer moth.

Visit to Beech Woods

Sally led a visit to Beech Woods reserve on the evening of 29 May.

Derek took this photo of the rare White Helleborine in flower.

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 (