Megalonotus sabulicola

Range & Status

A central and southern European species, occurring widely across southern England, where it is most frequent in the south-east. It is relatively sparse and local, but probably under-recorded.

Regional Distribution

Widely known along the coast of West Penwith and The Lizard; also at Penhale Dunes.

Habitat & Ecology

Dry and well-drained sites, usually coastal and sandy grasslands, where the sward is short or sparse. It is probably a seed-feeder.


Coastal development and excessive public pressure. Natural succession; changing grazing pressure.


See introductory section for general principles of habitat management.