British Wildlife 13.2 December 2001

The conservation of the Blue Ground Beetle in south-west England

The Blue Ground Beetle Carabus intricatus is the largest British ground beetle. It has always been a rare and elusive insect, confined to a handful of ancient pasture woodlands in Devon and Cornwall. The map of its British Distribution (Luff 1998) provides a graphic demonstration of its extreme rarity. By the mid-1970s, recent records were so few that Lindroth (1974) considered the species to be 'very rare, perhaps extinct'.

The legacy and significance of The Life of the Robin by David Lack Brecon Beacons National Park
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