With a name like Clubbed General Soldierfly you can tell wildlife at Cothill Pitt means to put up a fight. This is the name of the extremelly rare wasp-mimic fly (don't worry, it doesn't sting) that has been found in abundance nectaring on the wild parsnips flowering earlier this summer at Cothill Pitt.
According to experts, the nearby protected reserves at Cothill Fen and Dry Sandford pit are this fly's only English breeding site and it is high on the list of ‘Fly species at high risk of extinction in England’ being drawn up at the moment by the charity Buglife for Natural England.
This is impressive stuff, and so too is the 53-page report drawn up for Save Cothill Pitt by ecological consultant Dr Bob Eeles. How the developer can claim the site is of limited ecological importance (Supporting Statement 7.1.4) is anyone's guess!