Wednesday 6 October 2021

Southern Hawker Dragonfly

Earlier in September, on a sunny evening, the dragonfly that had been patrolling Andy M's garden continuously all day, finally came to rest on a sunny wall, giving the chance for a good look at it.

It turned out to be a female Southern Hawker dragonfly, distinguished by the bands of solid colour encircling the last two body segments (other species have a broken band or paired spots of colour), and a pale narrow inverted triangle on the first segment behind the wings.   Lovely to get such a good view!

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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 (