Nebria complanata

Range & Status

Confined in Britain to the coasts of the Bristol Channel. An Atlantic species.

Regional Distribution

Old records from Tresco and Bude; most recently reported by Sir Eric Ansorge at Bude in 1923.

Habitat & Ecology

Lives around the tide line at the front of coastal sand dunes and feeds on sandhoppers.


Mechanical litter clearance from sandy beaches, which removes seaweed and driftwood as well as human debris.


Much of the more sensitive coastline is now protected by SSSI designations and

development is controlled by the Duchy of Cornwall.