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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 13.2 December 2001

The conservation of the Blue Ground Beetle in south-west England

By - David Boyce

The Blue Ground Beetle Carabus intricatus is the largest British ground beetle. It has always been a rare and elusive insect, confined to a handful of ancient pasture woodlands in Devon and Cornwall. The map of its British Distribution (Luff 1998) provides a graphic demonstration of its extreme rarity. By the mid-1970s, recent records were so few that Lindroth (1974) considered the species to be 'very rare, perhaps extinct'.

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist