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Cornish Red Data (2009)

The descriptive text, below the map, is from the Cornish Red Data Book (2009). The map on this web page depicts the organisms distribution and shows the records made pre-2000 and those made since.

Andrena coitana

Range & Status

A small, rather unobtrusive bee found throughout Britain. Found in a variety of habitats but mainly moorland in Cornwall, especially the Bodmin Moor area. There are numerous pre-1979 records but very few since, due to a fairly dramatic decline in recent years. There are only three modern records: Craddock Moor (1984) and Dozmary Pool (2004) both on Bodmin Moor and at Hensbarrow Downs near St. Austell (2004). This species is host for the cleptoparasitic bee Nomada obtusifrons that has also declined, probably even more so than A. coitana .


I.J. Bennallick, S. Board, C.N. French, P.A. Gainey, C. Neil, R. Parslow, A. Spalding and P.E. Tompsett. eds. 2009. Red Data Book for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. 2nd Edition.Croceago Press.

The Cornish Red Data Book Project was led by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation for Biological Recorders (CISFBR). The full text and species accounts (minus the maps) are available on the CISFBR website.