Insects, Amphibians & other minibeasts

The Henburys Lily Pond has for many years been a magnet for breeding frogs. Check it out from February onwards to spot the jelly like clumps of frogspawn.

At present, little information exists about the insect life of the park, apart from surveys of the ponds and stream. Here, water beetles, pond skaters, many species of pond snail, water boatmen, flatworms and leeches have been found in the Lily Pond. In 2004 pond dipping in the central pond revealed a few pond skaters but very little else. The stream fauna was similarly sparse with a few large leeches. There may be a pollution problem here.

The oaks throughout the Park are, with willows, hawthorn, birch and hazel, the best trees for supporting moth caterpillars and other small insects which in turn provide food for a range of insect-eating birds. The tiny orange ground nesting burrowing bees can be found in the spring in the grassland, especially in south-facing dry banks, so be careful where you put that picnic mat (they don’t sting but may want to feed their young!). The areas of long grass are havens for brown butterflies e.g. the Speckled Wood.

Grasshoppers can even be spotted in the drier areas.

Please add to our records for the park by sending us your sightings of insects and other invertebrates with a date (and rough location if possible). Click on ‘Add Plant and Animal records’Henbu

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