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  30/06/2018

 Groups  Number
  Bats    3
  Bugs & Beatles    47
    Bumblebees - Bees - Solitary Bees    14
Butterflies    21
   Centipedes    1
Crustaceans    5
   Dragonflies    6
Fish and Amphibians    5
  Flies    50
  Fungi    39
Harvestman    2
  Ladybirds    8
Mammals    10
  Molluscs    9
Lichen, Liverworts Mosses and Slime
  Moths & Miners   151
  Plants, Bushes & Trees    322
  Reptiles     1
  Wasps    8
 Worms    11

One new species was found during June


Great Pied Hoverfly Volucella pellucens

Life span:  Up to 35 days (average just 12 days)

Sometimes called the Pellucid Hoverfly, this is one of the largest flies in Britain.

It has a striking ivory-white band across its middle and large dark spots on its wings.

It's shape and size are very bumblebee-like.  The name "pellucid" literally means translucently clear, and if you catch this hoverfly in a certain light you can see right through its middle.


Its larvae live in the nests of social wasps and bumblebees, eating waste products and the bee larvae.



Well wooded hedgerows, woods and copses where it favours Bramble flowers and umbellifers.


Usually seen fromMay to October peaking June and July.

Common throughout Britain.

Original photo left was taken in the dene

by Steve Stone

The one above is taken from the internet.

Butterflies and Bee seen in the dene on the 30th June 


Speckled Wood at least 12 were seen on the dene top at the west end

Ringlet (new emerged ones do not always have the spots)   at least 15 were seen in the middle and east end of the lower dene


Meadow Blue - Female

at least 12 were seen at the east end of the lower dene


Tree Bee

at least 6 were seen on the Meadow Cranesbill

at the east end of the lower dene