Other Animals

In addition to the birds, butterflies, plants and trees mentioned in other pages on this website there are a large number of other species that can be found on Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common.

The Cheltenham Borough Council 2003 Management Plan (CBC 2003 Management Plan) refers to there being ‘1000s of species of plant, bird, mammal, reptile and invertebrates that are resident or visitors to the site’.  Clearly, it is not possible to list all of these but a small number are mentioned below.

Some of the notable species are the Roman snail (Helix pomatia), adder (Vipera berus) and the nationally scarce hover fly Leptarthus brevirostiris.


Some other species that have been noted on the Hill and Common, e.g. in the 2003 Management Plan, are:


Grasshoppers: Common green grasshoppers (Omocestus viridulus), Meadow grasshoppers (Chorthippus parallelus)

Beetles: Bloody nosed, Swollen thighed


Bees: Hole dwelling bees, bumblebees

Moths: Burnet companion (Euclidia glyphica), Five-Spot Burnet, Six-Spot Burnet, Mother Shipton, Scarlet Tiger, Wood Tiger


Spiders: Crab spider


Flies: Dark-edged bee fly, Scorpion fly, Southern hawker dragonfly

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Froghoppers: Red and black froghopper


Ants (Formicidae)


Grass snake (Natrix natrix), slow worm (Anguis fragilis) and common lizard (Lacerta vivipara)



 Crysallis snail (Abida secale), heath snails (Hellicella itala), Round mouthed snail (Pomatias elegans)


Roe deer, Muntjac deer, rabbits


Other sources of information

Articles on other animals can be found on: page 5 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 25 Autumn 2006 (moths); page 10 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 14 Winter 2003 (roe deer); page 2 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 13 Autumn 2003 (moths); page 6 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 17 Autumn 2004 (slow worm); page 6 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 11 March 2003 (adders); page 6 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 10 December 2002 (field vole and wood mice); page 6 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 08 June 2002 (glow worms); page 6 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 07 March 2002 (common lizard); page 3 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 03 March 2001 (slugs and snails).

Another article on pages 8-10 of FOLK Newsletter Issue 31 Winter 2008 provides the following list of invertebrates that were recorded by the Gloucestershire Invertebrate Group on a visit to Leckhampton Hill, in the Brownstone Quarry area, on the evening of 11th June 2008.


Discus rotundatus (Rotund Disc snail)

Vertigo pygmaea – shell only (Crested Vertigo snail)

Abida secale (Large Chrysalis snail)

Pupilla muscorum (Moss Chrysalis snail)

Vallonia excentrica – shell only (Eccentric Vallonia snail)

Arion ater (Black slug)

Oxychilus cellarius – shell only (Cellar Glass-snail)

Oxychilus draparnaudi – shell only (Dark-bodied Glass-snail)

Candidula intersecta (Wrinkled Dune snail)

Helicella itala – shell only (Heath snail)

Trochulus striolatus – shell only (Strawberry snail)

Cepaea nemoralis – shell only (Grove snail)

Cepaea hortensis (White-lipped snail)

Helix pomatia (Roman snail)


Theridion sisyphium (Mothercare spider)

Enoplognatha ovata (Candystripe spider)

Dismodiscus bifrons

Microlinyphia pusilla

Araniella cucurbitina (Cucumber Green spider)

Araniella opisthographa

Pardosa pullata (Common Wolf-spider)

Pisaura mirabilis (Nursery-web spider)

Dictyna lateens

Coelotes atropos

Philodromus aureolus

Philodromus cespitum

Misumea vatia (Crab spider)

Ozyptila atomaria


Glyphipterix simpliciella (Cocksfoot Moth)

Coleophora laricella (Larch Case-bearer)

Elachista biatomella

Bryotropha terrella

Aphelia paleana (Timothy Tortrix)

Epiblema trimaculana (Triple-blotched Bell)

Crambus lathoniellus (Hook-streak Grass-veneer)

Colostygia pectinataria (Green Carpet)

Perizoma albulata (Grass Rivulet)

Rivula sericealis (Straw Dot)

Social Aculeates (bees, wasps, ants)

Bombus lucorum (White-tailed bumblebee)

Bombus pascuorum (Common carder bee)

Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed bumblebee)

Myrmica ruginodis (Ant sp.)

Myrmica scabrinodis (Ant sp.)

Lasius flavua (Yellow Meadow Ant)

Lasius alienus (Cornfield Ant)

Formica fusca (Ant sp.)


Timarcha tenebricosa (Bloody-nosed beetle)

Phyllopertha horticola (Garden Chafer)

Dascillus cervinus (Orchid Beetle)

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