Insects in the park

48 species of insect have been recorded on the park. I wonder how many are in our insect hotel?

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Insects play a very important role in the biodiversity of the park, and to help encourage them, we have recently installed an insect hotel which was designed by a member of our gardening team.

You can find more information about how to build an insect hotel on the RSPB website.

The herbaceous flowering plants in the Piet Ouldolf designed garden, at the southern end of Potters Fields Park, are a significant local resource for both foraging and nesting insects.

In a recent biodiversity study, there were a number of species of flies recorded, the most obvious being the large-bodied ‘tachinid’ fly Tachina fera, whose larvae are internal parasites of caterpillars, along with seven species of hoverfly.

Insects in the park

On the ground, only a small number of species were recorded which live primarily in the tussocks of grasses in the main flower beds and in the ferns under the London plane trees. The species include ground beetles, rove beetle and at least two species of springtail.