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2020 First sightings

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10 January

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12 February

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February 2020

An endemic species is one that is unique to a geographical area, such as an island. Britain has remarkably few endemic species. For most of the past million years Britain has been attached to Europe by a succession of land bridges, which has resulted in it having an overwhelmingly European flora and fauna. The last land bridge disappeared some 8000 years ago.

Eudarcia richardsoni is a micro moth found only in Dorset. It is our sole endemic member of the order of Lepidoptera. There are a small number of endemic subspecies, most notable of which is Papilio machaon Britannicus - the Norfolk Swallowtail. In Sussex we share all our butterflies with the Northern European seaboard and our native stock is regularly enriched by the arrival continental migrants.

Ed jnr


Tuesday 18 February

A rather bedraggled Peacock in our Seaford garden this afternoon. (Polly Mair)