East Riddlesden Hall NT
Recorders: Martin Gouley Distance: 1320m Walk time 1hour
East Riddlesden Hall is a 17th-century manor house in Keighley, West Yorkshire, England, now owned by the National Trust. East Riddlesden Hall perches on a small plateau overlooking a bend in the River Aire on its way downstream from the town of Keighley. The transect follow the course of the Aire .
S1 and S2 are on the edge of teh woodland and speckled woods and ringlets dominate. and S3 is intermediate until we reach S4 and the lower east fields and the wild flowers attract plenty of meadow browns andsmall whites but also both golden skippers are seen in this area S5 and S6 are the favourite of Small Tortoiseshell.
With the best results so far the trends are very similar, in most parts, to the rest of the Yorkshire. The skippers were down. Large and Small Whites were up. The migrant Painted Lady and Red Admiral were seen in increased numbers and like many species this was very much a dispersal year The Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock were universally down and failed to make much of a summer generation while Comma, a close woodland relative, boomed with a big summer generation and good later one. Both the browns florished in the heatwave as they did through the county.