Swarth Moor SSSI


Dales National Park Open Access

Site Details

Recorders: Terry Whitaker, Ian Court , Mik Cardus, Mick Lambert and Kay Andrews Walk Time:

Situated adjacent to the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve (NNR), Swarth Moor SSSI comprises an area of raised bog, fen and small areas of carr woodland. This is the key site for Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and is one of the primary reasons for establishing a transect at this site.


S1 meadow area has the largest counts with a high proportion Ringlet but also a favourite with DGF Meadow Brown, Peacock, Small Heath and Small Skippers

S2 sees the appearance of Small Pearl bordered Fritillary SPBF and Meadow Browns predominate . S3 is damp area and favoured by Green veined white and Orange Tips in particular. and Red admiral. S4 is similar. S5 long grasses are favoured by Large Skipper, Meadow browns Small Heath . S6 also sees SPBF and S7-8 are similar. S9 shorter grasses is the favourite for Small Heath along with some of the Vannesids .

The grasses in S11 are favoured by Small Heath and Small Skipper.

Results 2019