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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.

Nebria complanata - A ground beetle

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.


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.