Microrhagus pygmaeus

Range & Status

Widespread but very localised in Britain, absent from East Midlands and East Anglia.

Regional Distribution

Discovered at Ethy Woods in 1983.

Habitat & Ecology

Breeds in decaying timber in ancient broadleaved woodland or pasture-woodland, most often in shady acidic woodlands with Bracken Pteridium aquilinum understorey.


Conversion of ancient oakwoods to plantation forestry and removal of deadwood.


Ethy Woods are owned by The National Trust.