Whiteknights Species

The University of Reading Whiteknights Campus includes woodland, biodiverse grassland and a lake, providing habitats rich in a variety of species.  Over many years staff and students have recorded what has been found living on campus, from tiny mosses to huge trees and insects to mammals.  Over 2,000 species have been recorded across the following groups;

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Species Group Species Recorded
Lichen 22
Slime Mould 12
Fungi 138
Liverworts 14
Mosses 85
Vascular Plants 635
Molluscs 16
Arachnids (Spiders, Harvestmen, Mites, Ticks) 35
Annelid Worms (Earthworms) 0
Myriapods 39
Crustaceans 9
Collembola (Springtails) and Diplura 9
Orthopteroids (Grasshoppers, Crickets, Earwigs) 10
Odonata (Dragonflies & Damselflies) 14
Hymenoptera (Bees, Wasps, Ants and Sawflies) 58
Hemipteroids (True Bugs and Psocids) 99
Moths 294
Butterflies 26
Coleoptera (Beetles) 252
Diptera (Flies) 281
Other Insects 15
Fish 4
Reptiles 2
Amphibians 2
Birds 124
Mammals 22
Total 2217


Further details and updates on campus biodiversity can be found on our blog: here

In future we hope to offer more opportunities for students, staff and our community to participate in further understanding biodiversity across our campuses and helping it to thrive.

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