by Trevor and Dilys Pendleton, www.eakringbirds.com is an
increasingly comprehensive natural history web resource
for Eakring and the Sherwood Forest area of north
Nottinghamshire. Primarily, the main objective of this
website, is to monitor the birds found around the
villages of Eakring and Kersall, recording migrants,
breeding numbers and looking for the occasional rarity
etc, but an ever increasing amount of webspace has been
given over to recording the invertebrate fauna of this
area of agricultural farmland over the past ten years.
This may not be to everyone's taste or interest, but part
of our aim, is to help stimulate an expansion of interest
in all aspects of Nottinghamshire natural history.
2008, eakringbirds.com showed a much greater emphasis
towards the invertebrate fauna of Sherwood Forest NNR and
in particular coleoptera. Despite living within a mile of
Sherwood Forest for twenty years, we had never visited it
much, but since our accidental rediscovery of the Hazel
Pot Beetle in 2008, and a subsequent development of an
interest in coleoptera, we have suddenly found ourselves
becoming increasingly more involved with both SSSI's
which make up the ancient Sherwood Forest. Apart from
surveys, much of our time since December 2008 has been
taken up creating long ovedue site species lists for both
coleoptera and lepidoptera. 2009 saw our interest develop
further and arachnida began to be covered.
still surprising how little is known about the
distribution of many invertebrate groups within the
county and it has certainly surprised us in recent years.
Despite there being people in Nottinghamshire with an
active interest in insects, there are still huge gaps in
our knowledge of their distribution within the county and
even if they still occur at all. Our recent involvement
with some coleoptera and lepidoptera survey work at
Sherwood Forest in 2008, proved this to us. We relied
heavily on J.W. Carr's book "The Invertebrate
Fauna of Nottinghamshire" published back in
1916, for a great deal of information, but then found
that there was little published invertebrate coverage
until the 1980's and 1990's.
you will find something of interest at eakringbirds.com.
Many pages are updated on an almost daily basis and the
site now boasts 2 332 pages, with nearly 1 900 species
featured in the various photo galleries we have
We have numerous regular visitors to the
site, with many finding us by searching the internet for
information on UK coleoptera and that number is steadily