Wednesday 8 July 2020

Tawny Long-horn Beetle

Whilst surveying the wild flowers along the Bourn Bridge Road protected verge, David F spotted an interesting beetle on a Scabious flower. After some deliberation, it is believed to be a Tawny Long-horn Beetle, a species which is relatively scarce nationally - so an interesting find.

Iain Webb, of the Wildlife Trust took a look at the photo, and suggested that the 'Long-horn recording scheme' operated by, would be interested to receive the report.  Iain added that he recalled seeing an individual of this species along the same verge several years ago, and it's larvae are believed to feed on fungal mycelia in the soil.

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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 (