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What have Dung Beetles ever done for us?

October 2, 2018

You’ve seen the various television programmes which show giant beetles wrestling and rolling serious dung balls.  Just imagine what would happen if these recyclers didn’t exist or were wiped out by chemicals.  No, perhaps better not to?  OK, those images are from abroad and show the large species but you get the idea?

Along with fungi and other useful invertebrates dung from mammals including livestock (which hasn’t been drenched with ‘medicines’ as a preventative precaution) is broken down by beetles in the Scarabaeidae family.  This family is represented in Europe by 49 genera with a total of 218 species, 89 of which occur in the British Isles.  Nineteen species are listed in “An Inventory of the Invertebrates of Thorne and Hatfield Moors” (Skidmore 2006) as occurring on Thorne and Hatfield Moors, although bearing in mind this magnus opus was published some twelve years ago the list is likely to have had new species added.

The Executive are pleased to offer places on An Introduction to Dung Beetles Wildlife Training Course with Adrian Dutton * on Friday 26 October 2018, to be held at Moorends Miners Welfare & Community Development Centre.  The purpose of these courses is to introduce local field naturalists and interested members of the public to these invertebrates in order to provide training to assist identification which in turn will contribute data to the T&HMC Forum’s data set of invertebrates.  If you are interested then please contact  Places are limited so early booking is recommended.  There is no charge but a contribution towards refreshments and a buffet lunch is requested.

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Red Deer dung a good source of nutrition for Aphodius species of dung beetles.

* Adrian can be followed on Twitter as @TBeetles where he describes himself as a ‘Beetler and entomologist’ [Nottinghamshire based] and he is also a ‘blogger’ and can be read at Trent Valley Beetles


Alternative energy: solar farms at Thorne

April 6, 2014

We have received details of a screening consultation which is proposing to build a solar farm on the old Thorne Colliery site.

If this is of any interest to readers then we understand that it is to take place this coming Wednesday, 9 April 2014 

at Moorends Miners Welfare Centre (next to the Church) between 3pm and 7pm.

See the MMWC facebook page for more detail.

The Solar Park being developed for the old Thorne Colliety site at Moorends is estimated to cover 32 acres (15 football piches) and is reported to be able to deliver electricity to 1000 homes.

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Part of the Thorne Colliery site at Moorends.  The buildings shown here long since demolished.  Image copyright H R Kirk 

RES is said to have contacted 1400 homes and it is interesting to see that the promotional literature offers immediate input into what local people would like the ‘community pot’ spent on.


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Image: Richborough Solar Farm  licenced through Creative Commons licence

Part of the proposed site is elevated and is near to residential areas as well as Thorne Moors, Natura 2000.



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