More damp sand beetles

1st September 2008, Monday

I was very interested to see Sam’s picture of the beetle Elaphrus riparius (see lower on Read the rest). This species is also regularly encountered on the damp sand margins of the gravel pits here at Dungeness RSPB Reserve. Another species inhabiting the same habitat is Omophron limbatum (RDB1) (upper) – this is a much scarcer beast found in very few places in Britain – Rye Harbour and Dungeness being top sites. Maintaining these damp sand habitats free of encroaching vegetation is of high priority and it is a major challenge to stop natural succession. Both species are pictured here and were taken at Dungeness RSPB reserve by Bob Gomes.