Fourteen coleopterists gathered at Dungeness on 28th and 29th August 2010. I posted an account of the meeting here shortly afterwards but have only recently finished identifying my own samples from the meeting, and collating records from others who were there. A spreadsheet including all our records and a species list can be downloaded here.
|To download the keys, left-click the link. This will take you to my Google Docs webpages where you can see an online preview of the document (in which the formatting and pagination isn’t great). From the File menu, select Download and Save the file to your computer to see it in its original form.|
This spreadsheet only includes records from myself, Roger Booth, Martin Collier, Andrew Duff and the late Eric Philp. (Apologies to James McGill who did submit his records but I lost them when I hit trouble with my old @carabids.fsnet.co.uk email address).
We recorded 187 species of beetle, and a scattering of invertebrates from other groups (woodlice, bugs, ants, etc.) to bring the total species list up to 212. Perhaps not an impressively long list but awash with rarities, as you’d expect from Dungeness. The list includes 37 Nationally Scarce or Near Threatened species and 4 Red Data Book species; collectively 19.3% of the species had conservation status. That’s about as good as it gets in terms of the proportion of rare and scarce invertebrates in Britain. My highest ever percentage from my invertebrate survey work was 22.8% – from Dungeness RSPB Reserve!
In my account of the meeting posted online just a month afterwards, I wrote:
“For Dungeness virgins there was much to see but for veterans, the pit margins were disappointing by the high standards of years past. Most people, including myself, have yet to finish identifying their specimens, or send in their records, but as far as I know there were no sightings of any of these carabids: Acupalpus maculatus, Dyschirius obscurus, Bradycellus distinctus, Bembidion caeruleum, Bembidion decorum, Bembidion pallidipenne or Bembidion semipunctatum.”
Well only one species on that list turned up; Bembidion decorum was found by Martin Collier and Roger Booth.
I also wrote:
“But once all the samples are identified, and the records are in, what’s the betting that Dungeness will surprise us and yield yet another first for Britain?”
I think I may have fulfilled that prophecy but that will have to be the subject of a separate blog …
I’d like to repeat my thanks to Pete Akers and Mark Gurney of the RSPB for hosting the meeting and to Dave Walker for letting us take over the Dungeness Bird Observatory. The insurance for the meeting was provided by the BENHS; without their support meetings like this would not be feasible.