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  31/07/2019

 Groups  Number
  Bats    3
  Bugs & Beatles    51
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    15
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes    1
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    52
  Fungi    41
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    8
Mammals    11
  Molluscs    9
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
  Moths & Miners   165
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    327
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    10
 Worms    11


Orange Caterpillar Wasp/Sickle Wasp  Netelia tarsata

The vast majority of ichneumonids are parasitoids of other invertebrates – meaning their eggs are laid in or on a single host which the larvae feed on and eventually kill.

This distinguishes them from parasites, which live off a host but don’t usually kill them, and predators, which attack and consume many individuals of the same or different species.

A few ichneumonids also act as predators, consuming eggs of spiders and occasionally other arachnids and insects.

In the UK we have approximately 2,500 species of ichneumonid. Making up almost 10% of all British insects, Ichneumonidae are an important insect group and one of the most diverse.

Many of the species are poorly understood and little are known about them.


 Inkcap Mushroom Parasola auricoma

The small, umbrella-shaped fruit bodies (mushrooms) of the fungus grow in grass or woodchips and are short-lived, usually collapsing with age in a few hours. The caps are up to 6 cm (2.4 in) wide, initially elliptical before flattening out, and coloured reddish-brown to greyish, depending on their age and hydration.

California Poppy Eschscholzia californica

It is an ornamental plant flowering in summer, with showy cup-shaped flowers in brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow (occasionally pink).


Flowers from February to September



Common Mellow Malva Sylvestris


It is often grown as an ornamental plant for its attractive flowers, produced for a long period through the summer.

A number of mallow species have long been used as a food and medicine, wherever they are found native, and especially in the Middle East and Asia.

Flowers from July to September



Corncockle  Agrostemma githago


In the 19th century, it was reported as a very common weed of wheat fields intensive mechanized farming has put the plant at risk and it is now uncommon.

It can be found in fields, roadsides, railway lines, waste places, and other disturbed areas.


Flowers from May to September