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  30/11/2019

 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

Winter Aconite Eranthis hyemalis

Winter Aconite Eranthis hyemalis is also known as Winter Hellebore or Winter Wolf’s Bane.

Eranthis is a genus of eight species of flowering plants in the buttercup family.


It is native to southern Europe and east across Asia to Japan.

The common name comes from the early flowering time and the resemblance of the leaves to those of the related genus Aconitum, the true aconite.

Winter Aconites appear almost overnight from damp woodland and shady places, creating a carpet of bright yellow, buttercup-like flowers in January and February surrounded by ruffs of fresh green leaves


The flowers are sensitive to warmth. They will remain tightly shut on cold days and only open if the temperature reaches roughly 10C (50F).

Then they can be sure that early bees and pollinators are foraging and these plants need to be pollinated because they spread by seed.