Fountains Abbey

& Studley Royal NT

Site Details:

Recorders: Chris Wood and team Distance: 1439m Altitude 105m Walk Time: 1hr

Grassland, Lake, Parkland, Stream, Woodland habitats are very varied throughout the park.


S1 commencing in the SE corner of the car parks goes south along the lane and then across the grassland slope and Meadow Browns mostly and then Red Admiral near the wooded area.

S2 we enter more shady grassalnd alongside woodland and Ringlets occur in some number near the river which is favoured by Orange Tip .

S3 is similar but on the sunnier south side of woodland and Ringlet are common in the damp grassland.

S4 returns to deep shade pathway

S5 skirts the river bank and an occasonal Orange Tip and a few Ringlets

S6 back into woodland is too shady and has nothing.

S7 to the west of the water garden is has some natural grassland on the slopes and is good for Meadow brown and Ringlet in equal number. S8 descends back into the woodland.

S9 enters the open Deer Park and yields better numbers of Ringlet and Meadow brown and Small Skippers.

S10 road hedgeline mostly Speckled Woods

Results: 2022

10% down on last year ut mostly due to to reduced numbers of Ringlet. It was a year of big winners and equally big losers. Both the golden Skippers were down as they were on most sites along with the Whites. Comma increased 5 fold but the Tortoiseshell suffered some big loses across the county hibernating in June and failed to have a second generation. Peacocks in some areas suffered even worse but not here. Speckled Wood and Wall both had good years across the county.

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