In 2003 and 2004 I only recorded plants, which explains the low starting point.
2006 was the first year that I started to record 'everything', so it's worth looking at the graph since then:
The curve shows a reasonable surge during 2008 and 2009, but each year since then has added fewer new species. It looks like the graph will level off somewhere around the 1450 mark, unless I add something new to the list of families that I record. Basically, it looks like I have found much of what can be seen - without trapping and by daytime - in my local area.
Whilst casting around for new directions, I came across a 1903 book on Ichneumons, and delved into its 380 pages with gusto. I was quickly able to identify one of my unnamed species from 2010 as Ophion luteus, which brought my total to 1402. I think I might have found my next area for expansion.
I also found a key to ants, and identified my local species of Wood Ant as Formica fusca:
|Wood Ant - Formica fusca|
|Brown China Mark micromoth|