Friday, 18 May 2018

Dragonfly in Cambridge Road

Derek saw this dragonfly (his first this year) in their garden around lunchtime on Friday 18 May..
He had identified it as a Broadbodied Chaser. The photo does not clearly show the blue colour in its body.


Saturday, 5 May 2018

Butterflies and other insects

Andy M noted a good number of butterflies, and other insects around in the garden this weekend

Green-veined White

Small White

Small White ? - no black spots

Holly Blue

 Hoverfly - many seen flying a little above head-height in the evening

Mint Moth

 First bat of the year over the garden - Pipistrelle? 

Blackbird singing from the rooftops - literally!




Sunday, 29 April 2018

Events Calendar

As mentioned at the recent Members' Meeting, the draft programme for 2018 is now available - top right of this blog page. Do check as it is subject to change and may not be up-to-date. Invitations are usually issued, by email if possible, before outings etc.

Sunday, 22 April 2018

Early morning walk along Old Railway Cutting

A few pictures from an early morning walk Andy M took along the old railway cutting today.

Early morning mist in the low light

The early Pheasant catches the mate!

 ... and sees off the opposition.

 Two Hares chasing through the growing wheat

 Chiffchaff

 Chiffchaff singing

 Male Yellowhammer

 Male Yellowhammer

 Dunnock

 A singing male Common Whitethroat

 Common Whitethroat

A Peacock butterfly basking in the morning sun 

Friday, 20 April 2018

Hedgehog

Jennifer H took this picture of a Hedgehog in her garden yesterday - 'hiding' from a would-be doggy-friend!


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 or Peter Brunning via e-mail peter.brunning@cantab.net.