Gilkicker Weevils Pachytychius haematocephalus
The Gilkicker weevil Pachytchius haematocephalus is an endangered species of weevil that is now only found near Gosport at Gilkicker Fort, Stokes Bay Promenade and Browndown ranges for reasons that are relatively unknown. This isolated community makes up many small un-connected colonies along the 5km stretch of coastline.
Records show that colonies were originally found at Charmouth, Dorset with the last specimen being found in 1947. Although recent surveying has shown this species is no longer present in Dorset and therefore extinct in the county. Throughout Europe however populations of the species are found mainly on the Mediterranean coast, northern France and the channel.
In Britain the Gilkicker weevil is classified as a Red Data Book 1-Endangered species, and as a result is listed as a priority in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan, which details proposals to conserve and enhance the Gilkicker weevil for which the Wildlife Trusts are lead partners for the SAP (Species Action Plan).