NatureSpot ant expert Gavin Gamble has produced a comprehensive checklist of ant species in VC55. More...
"Despite being the most numerous insect on the planet, ants are drastically under-recorded at both a National and International level with most records derived from a band of dedicated entomologists, myrmecologists and ant enthusiasts. Ant abundance is perhaps their downfall; they are often overlooked and yet, as ecosystem engineers, they are of great ecological importance. Seed spreaders, habitat creators, corpse removers, soil turners, butterfly farmers, beetle harbourers, bird and mammal food - the benefits of ants on the wider environment are numerous and complex."
You can download the checklist (and all the other species checklists) via the NatureSpot Species Lists page
or directly via this link: A Checklist of Ants in VC55 – Leicestershire and Rutland