Friday 26 June 2020

News: First Ringlet and Small Copper butterflies seen

Thursday, 25th June 2020 

Anne D-N reported seeing a Ringlet butterfly in her garden (24th June), as well as a Small Copper butterfly the following day.  Both firsts this year for Anne, and Jennifer confirmed that were indeed also the first report fr both species this year in the parishes.

Anne commented "The Small Copper is very small indeed — that’s a lawn daisy flower it’s on, not an Ox-eye Daisy!"

Small Copper butterfly, on a lawn daisy!

Richard S also reported on 21st June, that he saw a large Fritillary butterfly on Linton Road. Whilst not completely sure of the species, it was most likely to be either a Silver-washed Fritillary, or a Dark Green Fritillary.  

Both Green-veined White, Small Skipper and Large Skipper have also be reported this week (DF and 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:>

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 (