DPA land at High House Waste, north of Cornwood, includes an area of oak woodland, with a profusion of moss and lichens on the trees and a ground layer mostly of bluebells. In 2009, naturalist John Walters found the wood had a population of a very rare beetle – the blue ground beetle. Ten years (and one day) after his survey we had another search. The beetles are still there, and appear to be thriving, also other ground beetles (including violet and bronze). A bonus was the bluebells, which were looking stunning in the dusk.

 

Blue ground beetle. Photo: Adam Sparkes

Blue ground beetle. Photo: Adam Sparkes

 

Violet ground beetle. Photo: Adam Sparkes

Violet ground beetle. Photo: Adam Sparkes

 

Bronze ground beetle. Photo: Adam Sparkes

Bronze ground beetle. Photo: Adam Sparkes

 

Bluebells in the wood. Photo: Adam Sparkes

Bluebells in the wood. Photo: Adam Sparkes