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  31/10/2019

 Groups  Number
  Bats    3
  Bugs & Beatles    52
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    15
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes & Millipedes
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    53
  Fungi    43
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    8
Mammals    11
  Molluscs    10
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
  Moths & Miners   170
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    327
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    10
 Worms    11

Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus

Slightly smaller and slimmer than a blackbird - male ring ouzels are particularly distinctive with their black plumage with a pale wing panel and striking white breast band.                                                                                          The Ring Ouzel is primarily a bird of the uplands, where it breeds mainly in steep sided-valleys, crags and gullies, from near sea level in the far north of Scotland up to 1,200m in the Cairngorms.


The Ring Ouzel is our only summer visiting thrush, arriving from its wintering grounds in the Atlas Mountains of north western Africa

When on spring and autumn migration they may be seen away from their breeding areas, often on the east and south coasts of the UK where they favour short grassy areas.

The Ring Ouzel is omnivorous, eating a wide range of insects, earthworms, small rodents, reptiles and berries.

Pleated Inkcap Parasola plicatilis

sometimes known as the Little Japanese Umbrella

You need to get up early in the morning to see Parasola plicatilis at its very best, because by afternoon the stem usually begins to collapse under the weight of the darkening cap.

This is one of the many short-lived grassland fungi that appear overnight following rain; the fruitbodies develop, expand, shed their spores and decay within 24 hours and by the next morning there is usually no evidence of them ever having existed.

Commonly in urban and disturbed habitats such as vacant lots and lawns, as well as grassy areas from May to November