Garden species (lazy) count 2013

December 22, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

At the start of 2013, after seeing an old blogging pal (Jane Adams @Wildlifestuff) suggest that she was going to see if she could find 365 species of organism in her garden during the year…. I thought I’d do the same. Or at least similar.

 

Now Jane is "Mrs.Bioblitz",  (bioblitz is where you spend an hour or a day in a spot and try to ID to species level everything that you find) but I knew that might be a bit difficult for me this year. I think if I had spent a day in the garden this year with hand lens and my field guides, I might have made the magic 365 figure, but as it turned out, I didn’t get close to the 365 mark – primarily because I didn’t actually search for or really investigate (ID wise) anything – I relied on obvious macrofauna in the main for my figures – lazy I know, but a new son and my ongoing poor(ish) health meant that was all I could do this year.

 

Whereas Jane (and others) included plants in their garden count, I chose to ignore them (another reason why my final figure is waaay lower than it should’ve been) – I relied on animals and fungi only for my count. (Fungi are neither plants nor animals in my book).

 

I also decided to count all animals (including birds of course) that I saw (and identified to species level) OR HEARD from the garden – which explains a few things like Cuckoo appearing on my list. There was no cuckoo in the garden in 2013, but I certainly heard one from the garden.

 

I’ve almost certainly forgotten to record many things I’ve seen throughout the year, and not even begun to scratch the surface of identifying and counting some very common animals in the garden – things like snails, slugs, beetles, flies, worms, woodlice etc…

 

Yes. I have little doubt that if I actually pulled my zoological finger out and tried to ID EVERYTHING in the garden,  I’d have made 365.

 

But. As it stands, my lazy, rather half-hearted count (when I could be bothered or remembered) stands at a pretty impressive 216 species. And like I say, that included no plants and very few groups of numerous species in the garden like worms, beetles (the most numerous of all), snails and flies.

 

Maybe next year I’ll be a bit more energetic and really try to ID the really wee stuff – and who knows….. maybe double my total from this year?

 

 

The full breakdown of the 216 species is as follows:

 

Insects – 147 spp. (and of those, 83 were macro moths, 10 were bees & 12 were butterflies).

 

Insect highlights: Small elephant hawkmoth, elephant hawkmoth, ruby-tailed wasp, ashy mining bee, poplar hawkmoth, rose chafer, lesser diving beetle and southern hawker (dragonfly).

 

 

 

Birds – 41 spp.

 

Bird highlights: Jay, green woodpecker, swift, buzzard, fieldfare, grey wagtail, pied wagtail, goldfinch.

 

 

 

 

Mammals – 6 spp.

 

Mammal highlights for me were the pair of hedgehogs (unfortunately one was eaten by the local foxes) and the two pipistrelle bats that hunt over our garden (no-one elses it seems) each summer dusk.

 

 

 

 

Fungi – 10 spp.

 

Fungal highlight being the shaggy inkcap that appeared overnight in the garden during the autumn, and the large group of huge field mushrooms that fruited on the back lawn late in the autumn rains.

 

 

 

 

Arachnids – 11 spp.

 

Arachnid highlight was I guess my favourite sp. of jumping spider, Marpissa muscosa  (or the “fencepost jumping spider”), which tends to favour the south of England.

 

 

 

 

Amphibians – 1 sp. The common frog. I was hoping for newts, but may have to wait for them I guess.

 

 

The full list of species I bothered! to record can be found below…. Remember this includes no woodlice, worms, tiny beetles, small flies, snails, slugs, millipedes etc…

 

So not  a bad number I think!

 

 

 

Critter

Type

Large yellow underwing larva

Insect

The Chestnut

Insect

Buff-tailed bumblebee

Insect

Honeybee

Insect

Brindled plume moth

Insect

Dark chestnut

Insect

Dotted border

Insect

Hebrew character

Insect

Drone fly

insect

Double-striped pug

insect

Angle shades caterpillar

insect

Peacock

insect

Common wasp

insect

Comma

insect

Red-tailed bumblebee

insect

Common carder bee

insect

Tree bumblebee

insect

Brimstone butterfly

insect

Seven-spot ladybird

insect

Red Admiral adult

insect

Large (Cabbage) white adult

insect

Tawny mining bee

insect

Feather-footed flower bee

insect

Small diving beetle

insect

Pond skater

insect

Hawthorn shieldbug

insect

Early bumblebee

insect

Bee-fly

Insect

Holly blue

Insect

Early thorn (moth)

Insect

Speckled wood

Insect

Ashy mining bee

Insect

Red mason bee

Insect

Orange tip

Insect

Lime specked pug

Insect

Large red damselfly

Insect

Cockchafer

Insect

Brimstone moth

Insect

Poplar kitten moth

Insect

Poplar grey moth

Insect

Poplar hawk moth

Insect

Angle shades moth

insect

Heart and dart moth

insect

Flame carpet

insect

Yellow-barred brindle

insect

Buff ermine

insect

Common marbled carpet

insect

Shuttle-shaped dart

insect

Grey dagger

insect

Rose Chafer

insect

Cabbage moth

insect

Silver Y

Insect

Thick legged flower beetle

Insect

Wasp beetle

Insect

Flame shoulder

Insect

Willow beauty

Insect

Clouded silver

Insect

White ermine

Insect

spectacle

Insect

Small elephant hawk moth

Insect

Lesser diving beetle

Insect

Lesser stag beetle

Insect

Coronet

Insect

Rosemary leaf beetle

Insect

Common blue damselfly

Insect

Common earwing

Insect

Common backswimmer

Insect

Peppered moth

Insect

Varied carpet beetle

Insect

Amblyteles armatorius

Insect

Red ant

Insect

Black ant

Insect

Greenbottle

Insect

Bluebottle

Insect

Volucella pellucens

Insect

Heliophilus pendulus

Insect

Dark arches

Insect

Harlequin ladybird

Insect

Gasteruption jaculator

Insect

Wormwood pug

Insect

Azure damselfly

Insect

Flesh fly

Insect

Common emerald

Insect

Green oak tortrix

Insect

Golden variegated tortrix

Insect

Lunar yellow underwing

Insect

Fanfoot

Insect

Blue-tailed damselfly

Insect

Dot moth

Insect

Swallow-tailed moth

Insect

Gatekeeper

Insect

Ringlet

Insect

Banded demoiselle

Insect

Ruby-tailed wasp

Insect

Marbled white

Insect

Shoulder-striped Wainscot

Insect

Cypress carpet

Insect

Broad bodied chaser

Insect

Riband Wave

Insect

Setaceous hebrew character

Insect

Garden carpet

Insect

Elephant hawk moth

Insect

Common footman

Insect

Heart and club

Insect

Bird cherry ermine

Insect

True Lovers knot

Insect

Least carpet

Insect

Buff arches

Insect

Mother of pearl

Insect

Copper underwing

Insect

Nemapogon clematella

Insect

Scalloped oak

Insect

Large emerald

Insect

Purple hairstreak

Insect

Cinnabar moth

Insect

Phoenix moth

Insect

Pale prominent

Insect

Willoughby's leaf cutter bee

Insect

Brown eye white line

Insect

Yellow shell

Insect

Small blood vein

Insect

Southern hawker

Insect

Twenty-plume moth

Insect

Chequered fruit tree tortrix

Insect

September thorn

Insect

Canary-shouldered thorn

Insect

Dusky thorn

Insect

Sallow kitten

Insect

Straw underwing

Insect

Broad bordered yellow underwing

Insect

Yellow tail

Insect

Knot grass

Insect

Orange swift

Insect

Iron prominent

Insect

Miller

Insect

Central-barred sallow

Insect

Hornet

Insect

Common darter

Insect

Lunar underwing

insect

Large ranunculus

insect

22 spot ladybird

insect

Ectemnius gavifrons (d.wasp)

insect

Blairs shoulder knot

Insect

Green and red carpet moth

Insect

November moth

Insect

Winter moth

Insect

Feathered thorn

Insect

Woodpigeon

Bird

Mistle Thrush

Bird

Blue tit

Bird

Robin

Bird

Magpie

Bird

Jay

Bird

Carrion crow

Bird

Starling

Bird

Feral pigeon (dove)

Bird

Black-headed gull

Bird

Jackdaw

Bird

Coal tit

Bird

Ring-necked parakeet

Bird

Great spotted woodpecker

Bird

Collared dove

Bird

Dunnock

Bird

Redwing

Bird

Fieldfare

Bird

Blackcap

Bird

Pied wagtail

Bird

Goldfinch

Bird

House sparrow

Bird

Blackbird

Bird

Long-tailed tit

Bird

Great tit

Bird

Goldcrest

Bird

Wren

Bird

Grey heron

Bird

Herring gull

bird

Green woodpecker

Bird

Swallow

Bird

Buzzard

Bird

Kestrel

Bird

Swift

Bird

Cuckoo

Bird

Chiffchaff

bird

swallow

bird

canada goose

bird

Grey wagtail

bird

Greenfinch

bird

Sparrowhawk

bird

Grey squirrel

Mammal

Fox

Mammal

Hedgehog

Mammal

Woodmouse

Mammal

Common pipistrelle

Mammal

Bank vole

Mammal

Channel web spider

Arachnid

Silver-sided sector spider

Arachnid

Common false-widow

Arachnid

House spider

Arachnid

Zebra spider

Arachnid

Fencepost jumping spider

Arachnid

Enoplognatha sp.

Arachnid

House jumping spider

Arachnid

Walnut spider

Arachnid

Segestria florentina

Arachnid

hydrachna sp (red water mite)

Arachnid

Orange peel fungus

Fungus

Horse mushroom

Fungus

Pleated inkcap

Fungus

Shaggy inkcap

Fungus

Meadow puffball

Fungus

Common inkcap

Fungus

Brown mottlegill

Fungus

Common stump brittlestem

Fungus

Common bonnet

Fungus

Field mushroom

Fungus

Common frog

Amphibian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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