Private Property of Hawnby and Arden Estate
This private estate does have a limited public access via footpaths which are taken by this route from the car parking area and then down into Gowerdale skirting the valley as far as Sunny Bank,
This area has always been a known location for the rare Duke of burgundy but in recent times scrub encrouchment has reduced the amount of available area but this is now being reversed by extensive management by Butterfly Conservation volunteers each winter.
S1+S2 are intensively farmed agricultural field margins and have a good numbers of species like Ringlet, Meadow Brown and Tortoiseshells.
S3 is moorland edge and has very good numbers of threatened Small Heath, Small Copper and Green Hairstreaks.
As we approach the woodland in S4 Dark-green Fritillaries, Dingy Skipper and Speckled Woods are seen and Duke of Burgundy might be expected.
No Data in 2022