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Hawnby Hill is a steep sided craggy narrow limestone ridge on the western fringe of the Tabular Hills. The base of the craggs on the west side is a favourite with The Duke of Burgundy with Primrose growing among the boulder strewn scree. This ia also a favourite with the Dark Green Fritillary. On the Heather clad northern slopes bilbery also grows and Green Hairstreak is commonly seen.
Sections 1-3 and 10+11 tend to be heather moorland while 4- 9 is at the base of the crag. The Duke of Burgundy is seen in S6-8, while the Wall and Small Copper are seen S9 - 10. Green Hairstreaks are seen in S2 and S11, Dark Green Fritillary in S6-9, Dingy Skipper in S6-8 Small Heath are best in S8-9 while Comma is seen in 6 , Marbled white are seen in S3 + S9
The early part of the season was dominated by the effects of the pandemics with the first walk when restrictions were lifted in mid-May. Adjustsments were needed for the early period: Dingy Skipper +8, Orange Tip +5, Green Hairstreak+14, Duke of Burgundy +65, Peacock +18, Speckled Wood, +3 Wall Brown+4 . This was a bit of a guess with the Greenhairstreak already finished and Duke of Burgundy just past its best on this early site.
Despite the adjustments it was not as good a year as in 2019 for our more common species with Common Blue having a particular disaster. The Browns and Whites had a poor year although Dingy Skipper was well up as in other locations and Wall and Small Heath suffered less so prefering the fine leaved grasses. The drought conditions would be the most likely culprit on these thin scree soils. However most noticeable is the improvement in Small Tortoiseshells also reported in Yorkshire