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A welcome page for those new to www.eakringbirds.com and a short account of what we're about.
Page showing all the latest updates to the website during the current year. Many pages are frequently updated, sometimes on a daily basis, which is something we have become well known for over the years.
Our most popular pages are our photo galleries. These thumbnail galleries have been constructed and developed over many years and have been designed to be as 'novice' friendly as possible, to try and help make identification easier. They are often used by many people across the UK as their first source of identification and have an extremely good reputation with many UK naturalists. Clicking on any thumbnail will take you to one of nearly 3,200 individual species pages, so there's plenty of interest.
There is a wide range of pdf files available which we have written and compiled over the years. These are available to download and include a number of regularly updated county species lists and atlases never published before. We have often specialised in the more neglected Orders, producing pdf lists and atlases on Nottinghamshire's Myriapoda, Isopoda, Arachnida, Pseudoscorpion and Opilione fauna.
 
Acts as an index page, providing access links to all invertebrate sections and individual pages.
There is a wide choice of pages devoted to coleoptera, including separate species accounts, general summaries and atlases of specific families recorded from Nottinghamshire and details of our work rearing a number of Cryptocephalus beetles, including Cryptocephalus coryli, for which we gained some degree of acknowledgement for our expertise and knowledge on its life hstory and habitat requirements.

The array of available pages includes 37 pages specifically dedicated to the Glow Worm This is another species we are nationally known for and pages include the ongoing Nottinghamshire Glow Worm Survey, the history of the Glow Worm in the county and the results of our Clipstone Old Quarter surveys over a number of years. There are distribution maps and links to the glowing records of many of the  female Glow Worms recorded and the results of our research into the bioluminescence of Glow Worm larvae.

Ladybirds have also been of particular interest over the years and ten pages provide as much information as anyone could require regarding their Nottinghamshire species, distribution, larval stages and more. Plus the arrival of the notorious Harlequin Ladybird in Nottinghamshire is described in detail, along with a look at the effecs it has had on our native species.
We have an increasing number of pages devoted to several single species accounts, with up to date distribution maps. There's the latest atlas of Nottinghamshire Shieldbugs and pages featuring other Heteroptera families such as Lacebugs, Sqaushbugs and Damselbugs.
The number of pages devoted to the moths of Nottinghamshire is pretty huge. All our moth records and trapping results (now over 70 pages) going back to 2003 are published and continue to be published annually and updated on an almost daily basis. We've also produced a summary of our moth records and trapping results each year for 20 years.

Aside from trapping related pages, there are a growing number of pages aimed at helping those new to moths with identification and separation of difficult/similar species, all complete with illustrations and photographs. Once again, there are pages devoted to some families and migrant moths recorded in Nottinghamshire, including our records and summaries of each migrant species recorded in the county and a report on the notable migrant year of 2006. There's a calendar of leaf mining moths to help those further any interest in micro moths and a beginners guide to moths and moth trapping, including a monthly guide to the moths most frequently encountered.

We also produce and maintain a county species list of those moths recorded from Nottinghamshire. Its as complete as is possible and available in both pdf and Excel file formats, with the Excel list providing species' lists in Taxonomic, ABH and B&F orders.
Access pages featuring species accounts for several of the county's rarer butterflies, plus read our historical review and atlas of Nottinghamshire butterflies, which is the first such review for many years. There are several pages particularly devoted to migrant butterflies, including details of the massive Painted Lady influx of late May 2009 and six years prior to that in August 2003.
Around 20 pages currently available, including county atlases for Pseudoscorpions, Harvestmen and a checklist of Nottinghamshire spiders, all available to read or download as pdf files. A number of pages feature species (both spiders and harvestmen) which have been recently recorded as new to Nottinghamshire and there is identification help for determining real False Widows, plus a look at the 12 commonest spiders of urban areas.
Diplopoda, Chilopoda and Isopoda are two invertebrate orders which have been neglected and rarely recorded in Nottinghamshire for a number of years. But that was remedied when we expanded our own interests and there are specific pages featuring all those species known from Nottinghamshire.

We also have a number of pages and/or pdf files providing up to date county atlases for centipedes, millipedes and woodlice. These are the first such publications and have already been updated twice after their original publications on www.eakringbirds.com.
Six pages currently available including a number of specific pages featuring Greenbottles, Mosquitos, Volucella Hoverflies and more. A range of pdf files include the known records of Diptera recorded from Sherwood Forest.
Access to a range of pages featuring the county's Hymenoptera. There are photographic guides to the bumblebees and wasps and a well recieved photographic identification guide to Nottinghamshire's social wasps. There are species accounts detailing the return of Lasius fuliginosus to Nottinghamshire after 110 years absence and the arrival of the Ivy Bee in 2017.
Four pages and a pdf file available, including a long awaited review of Nottinghamshire dragonflies and damselflies.
Approximately 50 pages available, aimed at providing direct identification help between similar, or difficult to separate species, plus photographic comparison of particular invertebrate families. Some of these pages have been written following specific requests, after visitors to www.eakringbirds.com failed to find any easy comparison resources in books or on the internet at the time.
A selection of pages featuring some of the less well known sites in Nottinghamshire, with habitats warranting further recording and study. In some need of updating with new sites, most of the sites featured, would probably yield more to interest the entomologist than the ornithologist. But those with a wider interest, will certainly benefit from a visit to any of these sites during the Spring and Summer months.

Sites currently featured include the former Gedling Pit Top, now a country park and greatly reduced in habitat, Shirebrook Pit Wood, showing how our former colliery sites should have been done and Rushpool Open Space in Forest Town, Mansfield.
Thanks to an increasing number of recorders and contributors, we continue to receive records contributing to the invertebrate distribution maps for VC56 (Nottinghamshire) which we produce and publish here on www.eakringbirds.com. After a number of years, these maps have become increasingly representative of species' distribution within the county. As such, local naturalists are now able to research the distribution of nearly 2,900 species, which is something we never had available to us a decade ago.
New visitors to www.eakringbirds.com often wonder why a website with an ornithological title is actually all about invertebrates. But although the direction of the website changed many years ago (around 2008) there is still masses of information on considerably more than a hundred pages, all detailing the ornithological history of the website's original Eakring and Kersall recording area.

Much of the recording work at Eakring involved visible migration, breeding bird surveys (both including annual reviews) and a number of specific studies detailing the often changing status the area's farmland birds. There is a comprehensive list of all rare bird records, rarity accounts, migrant arrival and departure dates between 1998 and 2012, three systematic species lists and accounts for 1998-2007, 2008 and 2009.

At the time, www.eakringbirds.com was well known for its daily/regular updates and the bird news page was always well visited. While the latest bird news has not been updated since 2013, there are links to previous monthly bird news dating back to 2003, which give an insight into what can turn up on a small local patch in arable Nottinghamshire ..... with an enormous amount of effort and dedication.
Numerous available pages covering a variety of topics. Most are ornithologically related, but there are also pages covering our media appearences, macro photography with a Nixon Coolpix 4500, a list of current county recorders (invertebrates only) the Brown Hare at Eakring and many other odd topics and assorted pages.
Over 20 pages with a link to the farmland of Eakring and Kersall and its wildlife. There are pages featuring the local SINC and SSSI sites, the main sites visited within the recording area, the original proposals for a wind farm and a worrying look at hedgerow loss between 1950 and 2007, complete with comparison maps.
A total of 85 early learning pdf files to download, all designed, written and produced by ourselves to promote interest in the natural world from an early age. There are a wide variety of series including fact sheets, information sheets on the insects of Sherwood Forest, minibeast hunt checksheets, fun puzzles, word searches and more.
 
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