Tuesday 19 July 2022

Big Butterfly Count - 15th July to 7th August

15th July to 7th August 2022 - is the period of the Big Butterfly Count, run by Butterfly Conservation nationally each year. The count involves simply noting how many of each butterfly species seen at your preferred location during just 15 minutes anytime between 15th July and 7th August. 

Further details, including this useful ID chart, and submission of your results on their website:


If you take part, and do your Big Butterfly Count in the Abingtons, please also email your results to Polly M (insect recorder for Abington NatureWatch) at polly.merryweather61@gmail.com.

Polly and Andy M just did a count in their garden this morning (19th July 09:00 to 09:15) and clocked 10 species, mostly feeding on the marjoram and lavender flowers.

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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)