2016 Dorset Wildlife Trust Great Heath Garden Survey

In August 2016, staff and volunteers from DWT were supported by Knoll’s own volunteers in a garden wildlife survey carried out as part of the DWT Great Heath project.

The team identified 61 species of birds, insects and amphibians in the garden. Birds included Great Tit, Blue Tit, Spotted and Green Woodpeckers, Robin, Chaffinch, Blackbird, Nuthatch, Greenfinch, Songthrush, Goldfinch, Buzzard, Magpie and Bullfinch. Only two amphibians were seen. While one was the Common Toad (Bufo bufo) the presence of an eft (baby newt) was of particular interest.

The full list of species can be found below:

Knoll Gardens Survey – 2nd August 2016

Species Latin Group
Semaphore Fly Poecilobothrus nobilitatus Insect
Common blue damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum Insect
Freshwater snail Mollusc
Blue tailed damselfly Ischnura elegans Insect
Honey bee Insect
Garlic Snail Oxychilus alliarius Mollusc
White-lipped snail Cepaea hortensis Mollusc
Pill woodlouse Armadillidium vulgare Crustacean
Common Woodlouse Crustacean
Great tit Parus major Bird
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis Bird
Robin Erithacus rubecula Bird
Great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major Bird
Wood pigeon Columba palumbus Bird
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs Bird
Blackbird Turdus merula Bird
Nuthatch Sitta europaea Bird
Blue tit Cyanistes caeruleus Bird
Greenfinch Chloris chloris Bird
Buzzard Buteo buteo Bird
European Hornet Vespa crabro Insect
Pond skater sp. Insect
Millipede sp. Crustacean
Greater Water boatman Notonecta glauca Insect
Water hoglouse Asellus aquaticus Crustacean
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla Bird
White tailed bumblebee Bombus lucorum agg. Bumblebee
Microdon mutabilis Insect
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis Bird
Song thrush Turdus philomelos Bird
Pollen beetle Meligethes aeneus Beetle
White death spider Misumena Vatia Arachnid
Linyphia triangularis Arachnid
Green veined white Pieris napi Butterfly
Centipede Crustacean
Eft (baby newt) Amphibian
Red soldier beetle Rhagonycha fulva Beetle
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus Butterfly
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta Butterfly
Large white Pieris brassicae Butterfly
Common Carder bee Bombus pascuorum Bumblebee
Magpie Pica pica Bird
Bullfinch Pyrrhula pyrrhula Bird
Wasp Vespula vulgaris Insect
Dock bug Coreus marginatus Shieldbug
Hawthorn Shieldbug Acanthosoma haemorrhoidale Shieldbug
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba Moth
Buff-tailed bumblebee Bombus terrestris Bumblebee
Emperor dragonfly Anax imperator Dragonfly
Southern hawker Aeshna cyanea Dragonfly
Cydia splendana Moth
Harvestman Opiliones Arachnid
Green leaf-hopper Cicadella viridis Insect
Toad Bufo bufo Amphibian
Hoverfly Syrphidae Insect
Garden spider Arachnid
Common hawker (exuviae) Aeshna juncea Dragonfly
Brown hawker nymph Aeshna grandis Dragonfly
Ichneomon wasp Insect
Spanish slug Arion vulgaris Slug