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'Wild' Areas Butterflies Gardens and quads Insects Species Woodland

Silver-Washed Fritillary

his beautiful fritillary is one of Britain’s largest butterflies. Like many species, it declined during the twentieth century, but it is now making some encouraging recovery, particularly in southern England.

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Butterflies Insects Species SSSI

Silver-Studded Blue

This small, rare butterfly is a UK BAP (Biodiversity Action Plan) Priority Species. Its greatest threat is loss of its heathland habitat.

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Butterflies Insects Species SSSI

Dark Green Fritillary

This large fritillary, while relatively widespread nationally, is scarce and declining in this region. Indeed, the specimen pictured is the only one recorded within a 10km radius in 2020.

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Beetles Insects Species Woodland

Stag Beetle

This magnificent beetle is Britain’s largest and is, sadly, quite scarce now. The male’s huge ‘antlers’ are in fact overgrown mandibles (jaws) for courtship display and are generally too large and unwieldy for the beetle to be able to bite with them.

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Beetles Gardens and quads Insects Species

Rose Chafer

These stunning jewel-like beetles are members of the scarab family. The adults feed on pollen and nectar, and sometimes petals, particularly from roses, hence their name.

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Beetles Insects Lakes and Ponds Miscellaneous Species Woodland

Alder Leaf Beetle

This shiny midnight blue beetle was believed to be extinct in Britain from 1946 until their rediscovery in 2004, since when it has increased in both range and abundance.