Now in its 23rd year, www.eakringbirds.com is written and illustrated by Trevor and (the late) Dilys Pendleton, based at Market Warsop in Nottinghamshire. The website continues to be a comprehensive, online resource for Nottinghamshire invertebrates, despite the perhaps confusing ornithological aspect to the name. But there are still many pages devoted to the ornithological fauna from the Eakring and Kersall, which formed the basis on which the website was originally found. All continue to be accessible via the contents page.
Frequently updated with new pages, text and photographs covering well over 3,000 species, we have several regular photographic contributors who continue to provide us with their photographs. These have considerably helped us to illustrate the range of invertebrates found in Nottinghamshire.
We are also indebted to the enormous number of invertebrate records sent to us each year. These records have enabled us to produce accurate distribution maps for all the invertebrates we have illustrated on www.eakringbirds.com over the years, with records coming from individuals, societies and both local and national recording groups. These have helped us provide a useful (and free) online resource available to everyone.
However, following Dilys's death in 2019, I am unable to continually update and maintain the website in it's present format, so the distribution maps will be updated on an 'as and when' basis from now on.
Raising the profile of invertebrates
One of the website's (and our own) key aims, has always been to create 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 and for highlighting the invertebrates of the Sherwood Forest area, for which much publicity was gained.
But invertebrates continue to be neglected when town planners deliberate over proposals for potential devleopments, and although conservation organisations are slowly starting to realise the impact site management has on our invertebrate fauna, it is important to continue to raise the profile of Nottinghamshire invertebrates.
And it is important that I to try to continue our work, which Dilys had always been so much a part of before her death, illustrating and researching Nottinghamshire's invertebrate fauna.
Trevor Pendleton... September 2019