Northern February red
The Northern February red is one of the eight rare and threatened riverflies which have been designated as conservation priorities by the UK Government and are listed on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP). This webpage gives details of the Northern February red and has links to more detailed documents.
Northern february red adult (Brachyptera putata) © Mike Hammett
Northern February red (Brachytera putata)This stonefly is unusual as it occurs just in Britain making it a British 'endemic' species. In Britain it mainly occurs in Scotland, with a few sites in England and Wales, typically liking rivers flowing through open heath or upland pasture. The adults mainly emerge from the water and fly between February and April. This species is vulnerable to poor water quality, channel engineering works, afforestation with coniferous trees and livestock entering the stream with associated habitat loss, chemical pollution and high nutrient levels.
To see the Northern February red (Brachyptera putata) Species Dossier click here.
To see the Northern February red (Brachyptera putata) Summary Sheet click here (for the Welsh version click here and for the Scottish version click here). To find out more about the Riverfly Partnership and the Riverfly BAP Project click here.