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.

Threats

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

Conservation

Ethy Woods are owned by The National Trust.