Thursday 14 May 2020

Freshly emerged dragonfly

Yesterday Carole McC spotted a dragonfly, still attached to its nymph case, on the wall near our pond. She gently maneuvered it into a jam jar where she could watch in wriggling out of its exuvia. After photographing it, she released it into the shelter of the conifer next to the pond.  

Darren B confirmed this to be a Four-spot Chaser - as indicated by the black spots on the wings.

 Four-spot Chaser dragonfly, and its exuvia
 Four-spot Chaser dragonfly - released and drying its wings
Video of Four-spot Chaser - recently emerged from its exuvia

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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 (