Species Information

This page will contain photos and information on all the New Species.

If we run out of new species we will use this page to display information on some of the species found in the Dene.

Total Number of Recorded Species in the Brierdene  28/02/2018

 Groups  Number
  Bats    3
  Bugs & Beatles    47
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    13
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes    1
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    48
  Fungi    39
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    8
Mammals    9
  Molluscs    9
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
  Moths & Miners   151
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    321
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    8
 Worms    11

No new species were found during February


Oystercatcher Haematopus ostralegus


The oystercatcher is a large, stocky, black and white wading bird. It has a long, orange-red bill and reddish-pink legs. In flight it shows a wide, white wing-stripe, a black tail and a white rump that extends as a 'V' between the wings.


They are found on coasts worldwide apart from the polar regions and some tropical regions of Africa and South East Asia.


They breed on almost all UK coasts. During the last 50 years, more birds have started breeding inland. Most UK birds spend the winter on the coast where they are joined on the east coast by birds from Norway.



Despite the name, oystercatchers are not known to eat oysters and in fact favour mussels. They supplement this specialised diet of hard-shelled molluscs with softer-bodied invertebrates, such as crustaceans, worms and insects. 

Actual photo taken in the Dene

taken by hand with the telephoto set at 117 zoom

                                                 Photo by Steve

The following wild flowers are being grown in Propagator trays


Centaurea nigra


 Height 40 to 45cms

 Flowers July – October


Attracts Bees, Beatles, Birds, Butterflies and Insects



Ranunculus acris


 Height 15 to 44cms

 Flowers May – July


Attracts Bees, Beatles, Butterflies and Insects


 Leucanthemum vulgare


 Height 30 to 45cms

 Flowers May – October


Attracts Bees, Beatles, Butterflies and Insects