Frickley Country Park
Owned by the land Trust and managed by Groundworks
Recorders: Distance : 1568m Walk time: 1 hour
Frickley Country Park is a former colliery and restored as a green place. It has over 7 miles of footpaths and cycle-ways, This park has a mix of open meadows, wetlands and woodlands, providing homes for a wide variety of birds, butterflies. A very varied and interesting butterfly site with areas of dry neutral grassalnd devloping supoprting a colony of Dingy Skiper and Common Blue is numerous.
Teh eastern corner is particularly rich and smal;l heath is abundant
From the Car Park S1-S3 follows along a brook with damp Grassland. It is favoured by Ringlet and Orange Tip and teh long grass gatekeeper and the Whites.
S4-S6 are grassy banks with low numbers,
S7 and S8 are the banks and exposed coal shale areas of the created pond and its fine grasses are favoured by Small Heath.
S8 having the largest counts particularly Common Blue, Gatekeeper and Meadow Brown. are
S9 starts the second half of the route.
S10 is very much favoured by Small Skipper.
S11 is very quiet
S12 favoured by Smal heath, meadow borwn and Small Skipper.
S13 in contrast is favoured by Gatekeepers and smal heath
S14 and S15 are similar and have teh very largest counts S14 is favoured Gatekeerp and Small heath whiel S15 is more favoured by Meadow browns