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Shipley Station Meadow SE150375 nearest postcode BD18 2JL
A tiny meadow is in the heart of Shipley train station, between platforms 2, 5 and the car park. It is a short walk from Shipley town centre. This area of herb-rich grassland remained after the construction of the car park. Protected by fencing and maintained by annual mowing in the autumn, it supports the larval food plants of many characteristic grassland butterflies and moths.
Females of the Common Blue here show the stronger blue colouration that is typical of the species in the northern parts of the UK.
The meadow flora includes sallow, hawthorn, birch, ash, buckthorn, bramble, rosebay willowherb, stinging nettle, bird’s-foot trefoil, cowslip, knapweed and various grasses.
The reserve is owned by Network Rail and managed jointly by Butterfly Conservation, Bradford Urban Wildlife Group and Leeds Groundwork Trust.
Please note - dogs are not allowed on field trips. Children are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult. Most walks follow rough tracks and require strong footwear. Be prepared for all weathers. Sun protection is advised. Non-members are welcome to attend field events.
Contact: Susan Stead 01274 774912