The springtails are a relatively newly studied group in Shropshire with no data on the SEDN before 2015. They are generally small (0.4 – 6 mm) hexapods that are ubiquitous in soil, rotting timber and other vegetative material, moss, and sometimes water. There are round about 400 species in the UK though more are arriving all the time, including one new to the UK found in Shropshire recently. Very few people record them but there is a very good national recording scheme and their popularity is growing due to macro digital photography.
We will be launching a Shropshire distribution atlas project shortly to more fully examine the springtail fauna so if you are interested in participating please contact Pete Boardman.
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