Saltburn Countryside volunteers
Recorders: Alison McDermott, Katie Metcalfe, Rosalyn Boyes, Sue Cook and Katie Simmons Distance: 775m Walk Time: 30mins
Millfield Meadow is managed by Saltburn Countryside Volunteers. It is wildflower meadow situated near a spectacular viaduct. Home to many butterflies, bees and other insects. It occupies about 1 acre and the transect mainly criss-crosses the meadow area.
S1 runs from Marske Mill Lane down a covered woodland into the valley and joins the cleveand way walk which we follow through woodland to teh north end of the meadow .
S3 is the sunniest and favoured warm bank of the meadow with the largest butterfly counts and is favourite of Vannesids, Cabbage Whites, Small Copper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet and Small heath
S4 a little further down is similar and is where Dingy Skipper has been seen
S5 also has good counts and is favoured by the Vanesids and is similar to S3 It is the favourite places for Large Small Skipper and Small Heath has been seen herein previous years
Entering the woodland rides of S7+8 we see Comma, Brimstone, Orange Tip and Holy Blue.
2021 was not a bad year with counts up over 2020 but nearly as high as the exceptional 2019 season. Over the 5 years Large White , Green-viened White were well up although they did not fare so well in other parts of Yorkshire. However Orange Tip had a good year like most of our transects> Common Blue was rather down much like other places as were Holy Blue, and all teh Vannessids as were teh majority of transects while Small Tortoiseshell continues to boom. Unusually Small Heath was down which was not typical . The other borwns did show and increase. You can suspect the increased numbers are as a result of recovery from the 2020 early half of year drought.
The dull wet summer of 2020 was only partly compensated for by the long hot dry spring. This follows the very warm 2019 with exceptional numbers. Overall numbers are a tad down with outstanding loosers being the Skippers, Common Blue and Ringlet and could be due to the drought conditions However it did favour the dry loving Small Heath and Small Copper which had a good year . Small Tortoisehell was also up along with most of the Whites.