East Cottingwith Nr York
Recorder: Fiona Bruce Walk Time approx: 1hour 15mins
This vergeside transect was created to monitor the villages verge maintenance project designed to increase wildflowers and thus biodiversity.
While the Small Copper favours S4 The Vannesids favour S3.
Common Blue favours S3-4 along with Gatekeeper, Large Skipper and Meadow Browns.
Ringlets prefer S2-3 along with Comma and Orange Tips and Holy Blue
Overall 7 species showed and increase and 8 species a decrease so a mixed fortunes. This is probably a good result over such a short period as most transects were down in 2020 compared with the long hot summer of 2019. A lareg decreace after the hot conditions of 2019 folowed by a mild extremely wet winter, extremely warm dry spring into a variabel sometimes wet summer of 2020 and species oscillated asa result. So to maintain numbers is good.
Numbers were almost identical over the first two years but there have been changes. The cabbage whites were up somewhat along with Small Tortoiseshells s but not as much as many other sites where there wer large increases. Large Skippers and Speckled Woods were up in contrast to other sites although similar to nearby damp site at Bishop Wood. There was a strong decrease in Ringlet and of course the migratory Painted Lady and Red Admiral and there was also smaller decreases in Small Copper Common Blue Green viened white and Small Skipper which is similar to bishop Wood and other sites Gatekeeper was also down a tad which matchs other sites.