Saturday 25 July 2020

Silver-washed Fritillary butterfly - an unusual species for Abington

Ross and Anne D-N saw their first Silver-washed Fritillary in their garden last week (21st July).  Whilst being a rather ragged specimen, Anne was able to identify it as a female, which visited their buddleia bushes and stayed for most of the afternoon.  
Jennifer H commented that this was likely only the second report of this species in the Abingtons over the last 10 years, the previous one being in July 2018, in Jennifer's garden on the High Street.

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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 (