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County index

This is a county-by-county guide to finding rare, endemic, and newly recorded Coleoptera in the British Isles. Some species are included even if they have not been found for many years, in the hope that coleopterists will try and refind these species in places where they just might still occur.

When looking for beetles, please obey the following code of practice:

  • follow the Country Code
  • be selective and discreet while searching for beetles and do not leave a trail of damaged habitat behind you - such behaviour gives coleopterists a bad name in the eyes of other naturalists as well as the general public
  • always obtain the permission of the landowner before visiting a site to which there is not public access
  • consider carefully whether you need to collect specimens, and instead try to identify as many species as possible in the field or take photographs
  • familiarize yourself with the list of species which are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act and may not be collected
  • if you need to collect voucher specimens it is very important to seek and obtain permission from the landowner beforehand, including for land open to the public
  • if you think you have discovered a rare species, then always consider carefully the conservation needs of the species - under no circumstances should you collect long series of rare or threatened species
  • whenever possible send your records to the appropriate county recorder and/or national recording scheme

Please e-mail information about finding beetles in your area, or any updates and corrections, to Andrew Duff ().

Abbreviations used on the county pages:
 FC = Forestry Commission
 NT = National Trust
 RSPB = Royal Society for the Protection of Birds

Alphabetical list by county *

England

Berkshire
Cornwall
UPDATED 30/4/01
Cambridgeshire
UPDATED 3/5/01
Cheshire
Cumberland
Derbyshire
Devon
Dorset
Gloucestershire
Hampshire
Herefordshire
Huntingdonshire
Kent
Lancashire
Leicestershire
NEW!
Middlesex
Norfolk
Nottinghamshire
Oxfordshire
Rutland
NEW!
Somerset

Suffolk
UPDATED 14/6/01
Surrey
Sussex
Warwickshire
Wiltshire
Worcestershire
Yorkshire

Wales

Caernarfonshire
Carmarthenshire
Glamorganshire

Scotland

Aberdeenshire NEW!
Banffshire NEW!
Kincardineshire NEW!
Moray NEW!
Orkney

Perthshire
Renfrewshire
Ross & Cromarty (includes Outer Hebrides)
Shetland
Sutherland

 

Numerical list by Watsonian vice-county

England

1.    West Cornwall UPDATED 30/4/01
2.    East Cornwall UPDATED 30/4/01
3.    South Devon
4.    North Devon
5.    South Somerset
6.    North Somerset
7.    North Wiltshire
8.    South Wiltshire
9.    Dorset
10.  Isle of Wight
11.  South Hampshire
12.  North Hampshire
13.  West Sussex
14.  East Sussex
15.  East Kent
16.  West Kent
17.  Surrey
21.  Middlesex
22.  Berkshire
23.  Oxfordshire
25.  East Suffolk
26.  West Suffolk UPDATED 14/6/01
27.  East Norfolk
28.  West Norfolk
29.  Cambridgeshire UPDATED 3/5/01
33.  East Gloucestershire
34.  West Gloucestershire
36.  Herefordshire
37.  Worcestershire
38.  Warwickshire
55.  Leicestershire (& Rutland) NEW!
61.  South-east Yorkshire
70.  Cumberland

Wales

41.  Glamorganshire
44.  Carmarthenshire
49.  Caernarvonshire

Scotland

76.   Renfrewshire
87.   West Perth
88.   Mid Perth
89.   East Perth
91.   Kincardineshire
NEW!
92.   South Aberdeenshire
NEW!
93.   North Aberdeenshire
NEW!
94.   Banffshire
NEW!
95.   Moray (Elgin)
NEW!
100. Clyde Isles
NEW!
105. West Ross
106. East Ross
107. East Sutherland
108. West Sutherland
110. Outer Hebrides
111. Orkney
112. Zetland (Shetland)

* Using traditional counties rather than modern administrative counties. A map of traditional counties is available on the Association of British Counties web site at http://www.abcounties.co.uk/counties/map.htm.

Last updated 14th June 2001

Copyright Andrew Duff, 2001. All rights reserved.