Tuesday 30 June 2020

Moths - Ermine, Elephant Hawk and Box Tree!

John W took these rather pleasing photos of an Ermine Moth that he spotted recently, and Valerie S had an excellent view of an Elephant Hawk Moth which recently alighted on her curtains. 
Both Derek T and Polly M spotted the striking, but also rather unwelcome, Box Tree Moth this week, an non-native moth, the caterpillars of which are wreaking havoc in many a garden.

Ermine Moth [JW]
Ermine Moth [JW]

Elephant Hawk Moth [VS]

Box Tree Moth [DLT]
 Box Tree Moth [AM]
Box Tree Moth [AM]

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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)