#3 OTHER WILDLIFE
Work is currently under way to complete a full species inventory of all biodiversity at Beddington Farmlands.
So far over 300 species of plant (not including the many fungi and lichens also present), 9 species of bats, 256 species of birds, 476 species of moth, 29 species of butterfly , 46 species of bugs, over 300 species of beetle, 358 species of flies, 99 species of bees, wasps and ants and many more grasshoppers, earwings, lacwings, caddis flies and spiders. Despite these numbers we have only scratched the surface and many many more species await discovery.
A Red Underwing Moth. 476 species of moth have been recorded including possibly the only breeding population of the Dewick’s Plusia. Over 60 species occurring are of national conservation concern/interest.
A hoverfly- Flies are an often un-appreciated important pollinators (much more important than bees). Over 350 species have been recorded at Beddington Farmlands including 41 species of conservation concern. One of those species, Litophasia hyalipennis was discovered which was previously considered extinct from the planet!
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