The pan-species list creeps on to 2814...

Flora 1376
Mosses & Liverworts 27
Lichen 11
Fungi 30
Birds 375
Moths 708
Butterflies 50
Dragonflies 34
Mammals 32
Amphibians 5
Reptiles 4
Fish 17
Snails & Slugs 8
Marine 20
Worms 1
Leeches 1
Algae 1
Thysanura (Bristletails) 1
Orthoptera (Grasshoppers) 3
Dermaptera (Earwigs) 1
Hemiptera (Shieldbugs, hoppers) 9
Thysanoptera (Thrips, Lice) 1
Neuropterans (Lacewings) 2
Trichoptera (Caddisflies) 2
Diptera (Flies) 18
Hymenoptera (Wasps, Bees, Ants) 19
Coleoptera (Beetles) 31
Centipedes 4
Millipedes 2
Woodlice 4
Ticks, Mites, Harvestmen 4
Spiders 13

If you are still reading this then you deserve a medal. There is plenty of scope to add to the list, and no doubt my totals for moss, lichen, fungi, flies and beetles will draw howls of derision from many naturalists. Before I draw more flak from the 'Pan-species listing is pointless and why don't you get a life' brigade, I will point out that I enjoy keeping the list, it's a bit of fun and it gives me a much wider appreciation of what there is to see in our country.

So there.


Skev said…
I started looking at drawing up a pan-list thinking my 400 birds and 1040+ moths would be a good start. Soon realised my lack of botanical skills would be a hinderence and gave up. May go back to it when the nights are long and dark - I'd guestimate it's c2000. No intention of doing anything other than taking note of a wider range of stuff when out and about, rather than specifically looking for it.
Steve Gale said…
I'd encourage you to keep a private pan list Skev, because in the winter when you are fed up with Chestnuts and Light Brown Apple Moths there are plenty of lichens, mosses and insects to be found. It also enlivens quiet birding days. I used to keep away from plants, but in 1998 (during the France World Cup), went out with a field guide and started to teach myself what was flowering locally. I've never regretted that.
Graham James said…
I have started that long overdue list for Holmethorpe, Steve, and it isn't easy when I only have limited knowledge but the internet is a great source of info and I use the iSpot website at http://www.ispot.org.uk for things I can't ID. They are pretty good.
It does open up a whole new world. Will send you a copy of the list as it grows.
Steve Gale said…
I'm glad that you have started the Holmethorpe pan-species list Graham, as the sand pits have a great fauna and flora. Peter Alfrey is starting to gather a similar list for Beddington. Such knowledge could be a powerful tool in understanding and protecting individual sites.
Flora said…
Only 1 alga? You need to spend some time on the coast and get those seaweeds sorted! Seaside lichens are pretty easy (a relative term, I know, with lichens). What do you lump into your salmagundi 'marine' group?
Steve Gale said…
Hi Mel, my marine group is a pretty arbitary grouping of seaweeds, jellyfish, crabs, anemones etc. In fact anything that doesn't fit into the other categories on my list! Seashore lichens would go into my lichens total and not the marine total. As for algae, my total of one isn't likely to move forward...
Mark G. Telfer said…
Steve, have updated you on the rankings at:

While I'm here. how does Beddington compare to these two sites for a 2011 pan-species list?

Cheers, Mark
Steve Gale said…
Interesting stuff Mark. It is quite rewarding to have helped turn a number of the rabid birders at Beddington into budding all-round naturalists. Peter Alfrey has even started a Beddington Pan-list. Just look what you started...

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