Saturday 4 May 2019

Brown-tail moth caterpillars near Hildersham Wood

Beside the path leading to Hildersham Wood from Abington Park Farm, Anne and Ross DN spotted a web spun at the end of a branch on a young hawthorn bush this week (30 Apr). The web was filled with very distinctive hairy black caterpillars, each with two orange dots on their backs and a row of white dots running along their sides. 

Anne believes these to be Brown-tail Moth caterpillars (Euproctis chrysorrhoea), and checking in the books, indicates that they should not be handled as their hairs can cause extreme irritation!

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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 (