This year, I’m trying to see 1000 species new to myself in the UK. I’m finding it a huge undertaking, but managed to stay ahead of schedule in January at least, with 98 additions. February was a worse month for pan-species lifers, but I still managed 67 new species. This means that for January and February together, I’m almost exactly on target! Here’s a summary of the new things I managed to find from across all the groups.
Algae: 6 new species found in February, all seaweeds (marine algae if you’re trying to sound scientifically respectable). That brings my total for the group to 30.
Lichens: 5 new species this month, bringing my group total to 17. I’m still not really making much headway with the group.
Fungi: 4 new species, taking my total to 108. Struggling on slowly.
Bryophytes: Now here’s a group I’m making some headway with! 30 new species this month, taking my total to 178. This month included some really nice species, some of which are shown below.
Vascular Plants: 3 new species this month, including Fumaria bastardii. Well, it was quite hard to identify… That took my total to 871.
Molluscs: 3 new species this month, taking my total to 101. These included the shelled Slug Testacella maugei, and the introduced Snail on sand dunes Theba pisana.
Bryozoans: 2 new species, taking my total to 3. Membranipora membranacea (Kelp Bryozoan) and Alcyonidium diaphanum.
Annelid Worms: 1 new species. That took my total to 13.
Arachnids: 1 new species, the Linyphiid Drapestica socialis. 76 my new total.
Myriapods: 1 new species, taking my total to 50! Cylindroiulus nitidus.
Crustaceans: 3 new species, including the Codworm Lernaeocera branchialis from a fish dissection.
Hymenoptera: 1 new species, bringing my total to 67.
Coleoptera: 3 new species, bringing my total to 220. These included the Carabid Asaphidion curtum.
Diptera: 2 new species, including the Cranefly Tipula rufina seemingly ‘in off’ at the beach in Falmouth to take my total to 89.
Moths: 1 new species added, Dotted Border. Total now 483.
Birds: 1 new species, the Hume’s Leaf Warbler on Portland. 254 birds now seen.
So there we go, I’m just about managing to keep on track! With 83 new species needed in March however, I may leave myself some catching up to do when the insects appear in the summer.