Tuesday 8 June 2021

Ermine Moth caterpillars everywhere!

There have been several reports over the last week or so, of numerous Ermine Moth caterpillars seen in 'clumps of web', stripping the foliage almost completely in some cases, from Spindle and Apple trees in particular.

An almost completely stripped Apple tree [photo Derek T]

Some of the culprits on the Apple tree [photo Derek T]

A mass of caterpillars below a Spindle tree on BBRd [photo Carole M]

 [photo Carole M]

Caterpillars and web reaching high into this Spindle tree [photo Carole M]

[photo Carole M]

More web and caterpillars on a Spindle on the LSA [photo David F]

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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: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=213774935674882866424.00000111dca2be9f06ab8&z=13>

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 (amerryweather61@gmail.com)