Thursday 2 July 2020


There have been a number of skipper butterflies along the Old Railway Cutting over the past week or so, and Andy M has been trying to identify them.  Whilst quite hard to distinguish, Andy thinks he found all three commonly occurring ones: the Large Skipper which is the largest and with bolder patterning, the Small Skipper which is ... smaller, with a thinner 'sex brand' on the forewing of the male, and the Essex Skipper, similar to the Small Skipper, but with black-tipped antennae.

 Large Skipper - male
Large Skipper - male 
 Large Skipper - female
Large Skipper - male (left) and female (right)

 Possible (?) Small Skipper - male

 Essex Skipper - male (black antennae tips)
 Essex Skipper - male

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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 (