Monday 3 August 2020

Brown Argus butterfly

Anne D-N spotted a Brown Argus butterfly in her garden on the Settlements (on 1st Aug). She confirmed the identification from both the underwings and upperwings, as they can be quite tricky to distinguish from some of the 'blues'.

Happily for Anne, the butterfly turned up in her garden at the time she was doing her Big Butterfly Count.  This nationwide butterfly survey runs from 17th July to 9th August - further details on the Butterfly Conservation website  Why not give it a go, it only takes 15 minutes - if you do, please also let Jennifer know what you see.

On a related matter, Derek T saw a Small Copper butterfly along the path between Cambridge Road and Church Lane on 30th July.

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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 (