Recorders: Sarah Mawby + Sam Watson Distance: 480m Walk Time approx 40mins
This tiny site is consists of the old station platform and surrounding track bed of ballast and chalk are are favourites with Common Blue and other grassland species species including Small Heath. The platform has overgrown with shrub along with surrounding overgrown Hedgerows and the open mosaic of yard area has been badly damaged by railway operations . Wall Brown used to be common and Dingy Skipper was seen but not in recent years.
The Vannesids very much favour the well lit hedgerow with tall herbs of S1 bordering the field while Speckled Woods prefer the shady trackside woodland of S4+5. S4 is also a favourite for Gatekeepers, Holy Blue Meadow Browns and Orange tips. Common Blue prefers the open area of old track-bed S1. The old platform previously the centre of butterfly action is now overgrown. The site is beginning to scrub up and teh beds of Birds foot trefoil are much reduced.
Overall numbers were down rather more than the average for Yorkshire but similar to nearby transects . It did buck the trend with one of the few places where Comma and Holy Blue, Speckled Wood and Ringlet increased which might be related to the increasing scrub. In line with the Yorkshire trends gatekeeper had a good year universally
Although overall number stayed about the same there were more losers than winners. Losers were in particular Common Blue and Holy Blue but also Peacock ,Small Heath and Speckled woods were down. In contrast Gatekeepers were way up and the boom in Small Tortoiseshells was seen here as well along with gains in the Whites