The rarest habitat in Leicestershire is undoubtedly the small patch of acid heathland at Charnwood Lodge. On the east side, there is an even smaller patch of Sphagnum bog with a unique flora, so being in the vicinity, this was an obvious place to look for springtails.
I started by sampling from the ancient lichen-covered Charnwood rocks and from vegetation such as Bilberry and Cross-leaved Heath. However, it was a warm and very dry day so this was unproductive. I then moved on to sampling Birch trunks (also unproductive) and then on to beating the Gorse, which produced a large number of springtails, mostly Entomobrya nivalis:
and a few Entomobrya nicoleti:
After this, I moved on to sampling the wet Sphagnum. This contained lots of springtails, including Pogonognathellus longicornis, Orchesella cincta, Tomocerus minor and a few Lepidocyrtus cyaneus - no scales on the legs or the antennae and interocular macrosetae present:
However, the star of the show was Heterosminthurus bilineatus, my first record of this species from VC55: