Recorders: Simon Watson, David Firth, Andrew Noble, Jill Clarke, Mary Ratcliffe, Clair Burton, Pauline Storey, Emma Sutton
This is a mosaic of habitats on this former rubbish tip, and railway marshalling yard, which is now a flourishing wildlife rich brownfield site. Open mostly dry grasslands provide a real chance of seeing green woodpecker and also hear them yaffle. Early summer brings the meadow areas alive with common spotted orchids and viper's bugloss. Habitats range from wetland and wildflower meadows to mature woodland.
Section 1 from the entrance goes through mature woodland with many overhanging Sallow and Grey Willow and Speckled Wood are seen along with Comma . At S2 you enter a dry grassy area and is a favourite place to find Common Blue, Small Heath, Small Copper and the Brown Argus along with Meadow Brown . S3 is a fenced off small meadow to reduce teh effects of Rabbit on this the old railway sidings S3 is similar to S2 although favoured more so by Ringlets being longer grasses. S4 rejoins the main path and damp area where Orange Tip are seen. S6 has a variety of habitat in a loop and then at S7 enters woodland rides and a favourite with the Green Viened Whites, Vanessids, Orange Tips, Comma, and Holly Blues. S8 is a woodland ride with Ringlets and S9 is a hedgerow.
Numbers are a little down after the previous two excellant years. The drought of early spring 2020 may be partly responsible for some of the losses. In particular a dramatic drop in Ringlet which favours damper longer grass or shade along with Green veined white which was also well down. Gatekeeper was similarly hit along with Small Copper. Teh excpetional was Brown argus. and Small tortoisesheel had a bumper year as it did on many of our transects.