Brae Pasture YWT

Selside,

Ingleborough

Site Details:

Recorders: John Perry + Helen Sergeant Distance: 1193m Walk Time approx 1 hour

Brae Pasture is within the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve, in an area of calcareous grassland with smaller patches of degraded acid grassland and rushes. Situated near Selside it overlooks the Ribble Valley towards Pen y Ghent. The transect route covers the majority of Northern Brown Argus habitat patches in this particular area. The diversity of habitats support a wide range of plants, invertebrates and birds including notable species such as blue moor grass, bird's-eye primrose, alpine bistort and frog orchid.

Sections:

S1 has seen the odd Brimstone and is the only section where Large Skipper is seen . S2 and S5 are favourites with Common Blue , and Meadow Browns. Ringlets prefer S2-3 Dark Green Fritillaries prefer S4 and Small Heath S5-7 Northern Brown Argus in S3 + S6

Results 2021

If 2020 was a bumper year then 2021 was even better particularly with the reappearance of Northern Brown Argus. All the browns saw improvements . However all the Vanessids had a very bad year. Common Blue held onto to its gains

Transect reports 2020

Results 2020

2020 looks like a bumper year with only Peacock lower than average. In particular Common Blue and all the Browns had there best year for some time. Dark Green Fritillary had a extremely good year which has been a pattern this year. Small Tortoiseshells in common with other sites boomed.