Now in its 22nd year, www.eakringbirds.com is written, illustrated and maintained by Trevor and Dilys Pendleton, based in the heart of Sherwood Forest, at Market Warsop in Nottinghamshire.
The website continues to develop into a comprehensive online natural history resource for Nottinghamshire. Despite the perhaps confusing ornithological aspect to the name, www.eakringbirds.com now only targets invertebrates, but there are still many pages devoted to the birds of Eakring and Kersall which was the website's original foundation.
Frequently updated with new pages, text, photographs and distribution maps covering well over 2,500 species, we have several regular photographic contributors, who kindly continue to provide us with their photographs. These help us to illustrate the range of invertebrates Nottinghamshire supports.
We are also helped by the enormous number of invertebrate records sent to us each year. These records enable us to produce accurate distribution maps for all the invertebrates we have illustrated on www.eakringbirds.com. These records come from a range of individuals, societies and specialist recording groups (both local and national), who recognise the fact that we are providing a useful online resource available to everyone for free.
Raising the profile of invertebrates
One of our key aims, has always been to create and maintain a greater awareness of Nottinghamshire's invertebrates. In the process, we have become well known throughout the UK and Europe, for our work on the Hazel Pot Beetle and the Glow Worm.
Invertebrates continue to be neglected when town planners deliberate over proposals for potential devleopments, while conservation organisations are slowly starting to consider the potential impact their site management has on our invertebrate fauna. So we strongly believe that it is important we continue to raise the profile of invertebrates in Nottinghamshire.
Trevor and Dilys Pendleton... January 2019