The Great Yorkshire Creature Count

This time last week I was roaming round our 8m x 8m garden in York recording all the creatures I could find for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s Great Yorkshire Creature Count. Here are some of the 45 creatures I spotted, snapped (with varying degrees of sharpness!) using my phone. They include a 14-spot ladybird larva (the first I’ve ever seen), and a wood mouse – which certainly wasn’t what I was expecting to see when I lifted the lid of our compost bin!

Some of the creatures I found in our garden in York during the 2020 YWT Great Yorkshire Creature Count

Top row: Harlequin ladybird pupa; Turnip sawfly; Hairy shield bug
Middle row: Marmalade hoverfly; Bluebottle; Rosemary beetle
Bottom row: Strawberry snail; 14-spot ladybird larva; Hoverfly

Some of the creatures I found in our garden in York during the 2020 YWT Great Yorkshire Creature Count

Top row: Mating flies; Moth (possibly Dichrorampha alpinana); Orthorrhaphan fly
Middle row: Rove beetle; Bumblebee; Woodlouse
Bottom row: Slug; Migrant hoverfly; Harlequin ladybird larva

Great Yorkshire Creature Count finds
Some of the creatures I found in our garden in York during the 2020 YWT Great Yorkshire Creature Count

Top row: Harlequin ladybird larva; Spider; Robin
Middle row: Bee; Red-tailed bumblebee; Wood mouse
Bottom row: Common carder bee; Leafhopper; Plant bug

This was the first time the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust had run this count. They received over 13,000 observations of over 1,400 species from more than 700 observers. It will be interesting to see what creatures are observed in future years, if they run this count again. (By which time I hope the glitches I encountered when trying to upload my observations to iNaturalist will have been ironed out!)

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2 comments

  1. BerrrrrrLIMEY! Your garden is a, well, a, a…. jungle!! But what I want to know is….. how on EARTH did you know that was a 14-spot ladybird larva when you couldn’t count the spots (and of COURSE I realise that not all 14-spot ladybirds have 14 spots…. or, umm, do they…?). And did you secretly kill the harlequin ladybirds? And aren’t you being a bit arachnist? I mean… “spider” is a bit of a cop-out isn’t it? Just so it hasn’t got spots or stripes doesn’t mean it isn’t worthy of categorisation!!! Xxxxx >

    • I refer the honourable gentleman to this FSC guide to ladybird larva (which, imho, no self-respecting personage should be without!): https://www.field-studies-council.org/shop/publications/ladybird-larvae-guide/ (And Helen Roy’s Field Guide to the Ladybirds of GB & Ireland is up there on the Must-Have list too!) You are of course completely right that I have been most remiss on the spider ID-ing front (she says, leaning over to grab hold of her FSC Guide to House and Garden Spiders to try to rectify this …).
      Oh, and BTW, a mere 45 garden observations pales into insignificance by comparison with the top ‘observer’ in the Great Yorkshire Creature Count, who logged 182 observations! I like to think their garden is slightly larger than ours. Though if I had run a moth trap at night and had a bat detector going, who knows how many more I would have notched up! Xxx

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