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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.

Amara nitida

Range & Status

Restricted to a few sites across England, where it has become increasingly scarce.

Regional Distribution

A single old record from Isles of Scilly (F. Holme, 1845).

Habitat & Ecology

Favours dry sandy situations, such as sand dunes and heaths.


Agricultural intensification; abandonment of rough grazings, leading to coarsening of the vegetation; development pressure on ' waste' land.


Much of the coastal sand dunes and sandy heathland is now protected within SSSI.

Development in the islands is controlled by the Duchy of Cornwall.


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.