Fleas atlas

The BRC Fleas atlas maps the distribution of Siphonaptera in Britain.

Fleas (Siphonaptera) are wingless insects, usually occurring in the nests, or on the bodies, of a wide range of mammals and birds. Around 60 species of flea occur in Britain. There are approximately 2600 species and subspecies worldwide.

The author, Bob George, is a former RAF pilot and schoolteacher. He began collecting information about British (and Irish) fleas in about 1950, encouraged by the Hon. Miriam Rothschild and others. The first edition of the ‘Flea Atlas’ was published by the Biological Records Centre in 1974. Since then Bob has identified hundreds of thousands more fleas. This present Atlas includes distribution maps, species accounts, details about flea hosts, and a range of other information.