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Horniman survey 2011

Our wildlife survey this year runs from April until October 2011. This year we would like you to let us know if you see any Common Frogs, Harlequin Ladybirds and Peacock butterflies, as well as the Stag Beetles, Hedgehogs and House Sparrows.

This will help us find out more about where these animals can be found and whether they might be spreading or declining across London.

Click on the picture to find out about the animals from the survey

Common frog - STAR SPOT
Harlequin ladybird
Peacock butterfly
Stag Beetle - STAR SPOT
Hedgehog - STAR SPOT
House Sparrow - STAR SPOT
 

Collecting the survey data

All of your wildlife records are sent to Greenspace Information for Greater London (GIGL). GIGL collect information about London's green spaces to help protect wildlife.

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Common frog - STAR SPOT
Common frog - STAR SPOT

Rana temporaria

Lives: In ponds, but also out of water, under logs, rocks and other cool places.

When to spot: Out and about between March and October.

Spotting tips: Look and listen for frogs close to ponds or other pools of water, especially in the spring and summer months.

Food: Feed on worms, snails, slugs and insects.

Harlequin ladybird
Harlequin ladybird

Harmonia axyridis

Lives: In many different places, often found on trees or low growing plants.

When to spot: Anytime, can be spotted hibernating indoors in winter.

Spotting tips: Easy to spot in London, Common forms are reddish-orange with 15-21 black spots or can be black with 2 or 4 red spots. Measures 7-8mm. Legs are almost always brown. 

Food: Greenfly and similar insects, also eggs and grubs of other ladybirds, also pollen, nectar and other sugary fluids.

Peacock butterfly
Peacock butterfly

Inachis io 

Lives:
In most green places where there are flowering plants.

When to spot: From March to October, sometimes even earlier.

Spotting tips: Look out for the ‘eye-spots’ on the wings.

Food: Nectar from most types of flowers.

Stag Beetle - STAR SPOT
Stag Beetle - STAR SPOT

STAR SPOT

Stag Beetle
Lucanus cervus

Lives:
Parks, gardens or wooded areas.

When to spot:
May to August. Often seen flying around street lights at dusk or crawling on pavements.

Spotting tips:
Males are unmistakable and grow up to 7cm long including the large jaws. Females have small jaws and grow to 5cm long. Wing cases are chestnut brown.

Food:
Grubs eat rotting wood, adults ripe fruit and tree sap

Hedgehog - STAR SPOT
Hedgehog - STAR SPOT

Erinaceus europaeus

Lives:
Gardens, parks or more natural grassy and scrubby areas.

When to spot:
Active from April onwards, hibernate from late October.

Spotting tips:
Nocturnal animals, about 25cm long, often heard making grunting sounds. Best spotted using a torch after dark. During daylight hours, most often seen dead on roads.

Food:
Mostly beetles and other insects, also earthworms. Sometimes eat small mammals, small frogs and reptiles, also bird's eggs.

House Sparrow - STAR SPOT
House Sparrow - STAR SPOT

Passer domesticus

Lives:
Close to humans in parks, gardens and on buildings in towns and cities. Use roof spaces, holes in walls or bushes as places to nest.

When to spot:
Seen and heard all year. Nesting is from April to August.

Spotting tips:
Males have light grey cheeks, black throat, with a grey patch on top of the head. Females look different and are mostly brown and grey.
Food: Seeds, scraps and some insects. Also feed insects to young chicks.

 
 
 
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