Saltburn Countryside volunteers
Recorders: J Williamson, Paul Speight and Alison McDermott
Millfield Meadow is managed by Saltburn Countryside Volunteers it is wildflower meadow situated near a spectacular viaduct. Home to many butterflies, bees and other insects. It occupies about 1 acre and the transect mainly criss crosses the meadow area.
S1 runs from Marske Mill Lane down a covered woodland into the valley and joins the cleveand way walk which we follow through woodland to teh north end of the meadow . S3 is the sunniest and favoured warm bank of the meadow and is favfouriite of Small Copper Meadow brown Ringlet and Small heath S4 a little further down is similar as is 5 where dingy skipper has been seen S5+6 are favourite places for Large and Smal Skipper as well as Smal Heath. Entering the woodland rides of S7+8 we see Comma, Brimstoneorange Tip and Holy Blue
The dull wet summer of 2020 was only partly compensated for by the long hot dry spring. This follows the very warm 2019 with exceptional numbers. Overall numbers are a tad down with outstanding loosers being the Skippers, Common Blue and Ringlet and could be due to the drought conditions However it did favour the dry loving Small Heath and Small Copper which had a good year . Small Tortoisehell was also up along with most of the Whites.