Sewage Works - other wildlife - Insects, Spiders, Reptiles and Mammals


About 20 species of Butterfly have been seen here, and many moths. Other insects include an expanding population of the Banded Demoiselle Damselfly Agrion splendens, and a variety of Grasshoppers and Crickets including Roesel's Bush Cricket Metrioptera roeselii. Some of the insects recorded are listed below


Large Skipper Ochlodes venatus
Essex Skipper Thymelicus lineola
Gatekeeper Pyronia tithonus First record is from 25/07/2001
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Common; first recorded 1st August 1999
Brown Argus Aricia agestis Only identified in Exchange Lands on 10/07/2011
Large White Pieris brassicae
Common; first recorded 13/08/2000
Green-veined White Pieris napi A commonly seen species
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas First recorded 30/09/2000
Small Heath Coenonympha pamhilus
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
Small White Artogeia rapae Common; first recorded 13/08/2000
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
Common; first recorded 23/5/2000
Peacock Inachis io Common; first recorded 6th May 2000
Clouded Yellow Colias croceus Seen only once on 13th September 2000
Comma Polygonia c-album First record is from 12/04/2001


a micro moth (148) Nemophora degeerella First record is from 09/06/2001
Six-spot Burnet (169) Zygaena filipendulae 25/06/2006
a micro moth (385) Anthophila fabriciana 02/06/2006
Cocksfoot Moth (391) Glyphipterix simpliciella Only record is from 19/07/2011
a micro moth (610) Elachista argentella 02/06/2006
a micro moth (974) Argyrotaenia ljungiana 02/06/2006
a grass moth (1293) Chrysoteuchia culmella 25/06/2006
Thistle Ermine (1458) Myelois circumvoluta 26/06/2005
a plume moth (1504) Platyptilia pallidactyla 13/06/2008
Orange Underwing (1661) Archiearis parthenias 28/03/2002
Yellow Shell (1742) Camptogramma bilineata Only record is 11/06/2007
Willow Beauty (1937) Peribatodes rhomboidaria 28/06/2006
Cinnabar (2069) Tyria jacobaeae First record is from 13/06/2008
Silver Y (2441) Autographa gamma First record is from 23/05/2006
Mother Shipton (2462) Callistege mi First record is from 13/06/2002
Burnet Companion (2463) Euclidia gliphica First record is from 02/06/2000


Emperor Anax imperator
First record 13/08/2000 - seen on Roding
Common Darter Sympetrum striolatum First record 13/08/2000
Banded Demoiselle Agrion splendens First record 24/06/2011. There is a good population of these in the River Roding adjacent to the Exchange Lands
Blue-tailed Damselfly Ischnura elegans
First record 31/08/2004
Common Blue Damselfly Enallagma cyathigerum First record 26/06/2005
Azure Damselfly Coenagrion puella First record 22/06/2001


Roesel's Bush-cricket Metrioptera roeselii First recorded on 13th August 2000
Meadow Grasshopper Chorthippus parallelus First recorded
Common Green Grasshopper Omocestulus viridulus First recorded 
Common Field Grasshopper Chorthippus brunneus First recorded
Long-winged Conehead Conocephalus dorsalis First recorded
Stripe-winged Grasshopper Stenobothrus lineatus Newly discovered on 19/07/2011


Hoverfly Chrysotoxum verralli 22 June 2007
a Tachinid Fly unknown species 26 June 2005
a Mirid Bug 23 May 2006
Bishop's Mitre Aelia acuminata 2 June 2006
a beetle Malachius bipustulatus 23 May 2006
Wasp Beetle Clytus arietis 2 June 2006



Wasp Spider  Argiope bruennichi First record for the area in the Sewage Works on 13th August 2000



Grass Snake  Natrix natrix Up to five individuals at one time seen during 2013



Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus
Mole Talpa europaea
Shrew Sorex araneus
Fox Vulpes vulpes
Weasel Mustela nivalis
Squirrel Sciuris caroliensis
Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus No sign seen in recent years
Water Vole Arvicola amphibius In the Roding during 1999 and 2000