Last August a new species was found in Wiltshire which had not been recorded in the county before. The species was a rare squash bug called a Box Bug, so called because until recently it was thought to feed only on Box.
The new year has given us a chance to look at some of the huge datasets collected over the course of last year, which had revealed that 2013 was the best year since 2006 for butterflies, and possibly ‘the best ever’ according to our County Butterfly Recorder Mike Fuller.
The winter months have been incredibly wet so far, and according to the Met Office have been some of the stormiest and mildest in recent decades. A combination of mild temperatures, stormy weather and widespread flooding has led to some unusual, and concerning, effects upon our native wildlife.
A study into the effects of climate change on the survival, and hibernation of Hedgehogs needs you to record any sightings of our most easily recognised native mammal. The results from the survey, will be used to help scientists understand the hedgehog’s life cycle better, including hibernation.
Despite an extensive collection of records and knowledge about wildlife, new data and records are constantly revealing new information about Wiltshire’s wildlife, such as the distribution or behavior of a species. Data collected has revealed that the Minotaur Beetle, traditionally thought of as a strictly summer beetle in the UK, is active throughout the winter months.