Sunday 28 June 2020

More Damselflies and Dragonflies

Andy M spend few hours patiently getting up close and personal with the Odonata around the edge of the lake on Granta Park last week. There were a surprising number of species identified (subsequently with the help of the photos and books), including Common Blue Damselfly, many pairs of which were mating, Blue-tailed Damselfly, and Red-eyed Damselfly, as well as Emperor Dragonfly (which rarely seem to stop patrolling) and Black-tailed Skimmer.

 Male Common Blue Damselfly
  Common Blue Damselfly pair, mating
 Common Blue Damselfly 'in tandem'
 Male Common Blue Damselfly
   Common Blue Damselfly pair mating
  Common Blue Damselfly pair mating
 Common Blue Damselfly mating pair
 Common Blue Damselflies - two males 'in tandem'

 Male Blue-tailed Damselfly
Mating pair of Blue-tailed Damselflies

Water Lilies

Red-eyed Damselfly - typically resting on a lily pad

Emperor Dragonfly - patrolling its patch!

 Black-tailed Skimmer
  Black-tailed Skimmer

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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 (