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Site Details:

Recorder:  Jordon Portano Byrne           Distance:  2481m               Altitude 217m          Walk Time=  1.25 hr.

Hawnby Hill is a steep sided craggy narrow limestone ridge on the western fringe of the Tabular Hills. The base of the craggs on the west side is a favourite with The Duke of Burgundy with Primrose growing among the boulder strewn scree. This ia also a favourite with the Dark Green Fritillary.  On the Heather clad northern slopes bilbery also grows and Green Hairstreak is commonly seen.   


Sections 1-3 and  10+11 tend to be heather moorland while 4- 9 is at the base of the crag.  The Duke of Burgundy is seen in  S6-8,  while the Wall  and Small Copper are seen S9 - 10.  Green Hairstreaks are seen in  S2 and S11,   Dark Green Fritillary in S6-9,  Dingy Skipper in S6-8  Small Heath are best in S8-9 while Comma is seen in 6 , Marbled white are seen in S3 + S9

Results 2022

Overall a very good year with numbers up a quarter  the biggest winners being the Browns . The Dukes were slightly up on last year if a bit down on the average they are about holding their own.  The skippers had a good year including  Dingy Skippers.  Brown Argus as in many places the migratory form had an exceptional year and spread widely.  Small Tortoiseshell was down on  the boom of last year but still good against the average  while Comma boomed  almost universally this year.. not here.  All the Browns had a good year  and although Small Heath was well down on last years boom was still well up on the average and Wall hung on to the big increase seen last year. 

Transect reports 2020

Results 2021

2021 was a relatively good year again beating the next best 2019. Duke of Burgundy was a bit down on its 2019 peak but still up on teh average as were most other species apart from teh two cabbage whites which had a poor year at many locations.  In contrast Speckled wood had a pretty disasterous year, we can only speculate that the drought of spring 2020 has had a lasting affect. Stand out species are wall with  numbers more than doubled along with small heath having its best year for some time. Teh smal tortoisesheel boom continues as it does in most locations. It was one of te few sites to see comma improved as it was apretty disasterous season. Unfortunatly the demise of teh common blue reported last year continues down a qurter of its best in 2019 . Most of teh total increases were in Ringlets nearly doubling and teh site bucked other sites in having a annual increase across all species of near 30% over average

Results 2020 

The early part of the season was dominated by the effects of the pandemics with the first walk when restrictions were lifted in mid-May.  Adjustsments were needed  for the early  period:  Dingy Skipper +8, Orange Tip +5, Green Hairstreak+14, Duke of Burgundy +65, Peacock +18, Speckled Wood, +3 Wall Brown+4 . This was a bit of a guess with the Greenhairstreak already finished and Duke of Burgundy  just past its best on this early site.

Despite the adjustments it was not as good a year as in 2019 for our more common species with Common Blue having a particular disaster. The Browns and Whites  had a poor year although Dingy Skipper was well up as in other locations and Wall and Small Heath suffered less so prefering the fine leaved grasses. The drought conditions would be the most likely culprit on these thin scree soils. However most noticeable is the improvement in Small Tortoiseshells also reported in Yorkshire