Upper Dunsforth YWT
Recorders: Alistair Taylor, Gillian Higgins and Rosy Jamieson Distance: 1540 Walk Time= 1 hour
A series of wet meadows and areas of wet woodland, supporting a wide variety of wetland plants and an interesting and diverse range of insects.
S1 +S2 low counts with Speckled Wood dominant
S3 the old meadow has the higest counts next to S5 and best for the Browns, Whites and the occasional Brown Argus.
S4 + S5 is favoured by Green Viened white and G
S5+ 6 are best for Vannesids and Brimstone.
S7 Speckled Wood favours the wooded areas of 1+7 along with Holy Blues.
A poor year 27% down on teh average Almost all species down on the average by 30-50% . Large Skipper was absent for the first year.
Biggest loosers werepeacock and speckled wood. Winners were Ringlet up slightly and gatekeepr boomed as it didi in almost all locations .
The Tortoishell boom has fizzled out! but continues apace eleswhere
Great to see the Wall back
A close to average year although lower than 2019 with its invasion of Painted Ladies. There was some reduction in Smal Skipper and Ringlet but the wet site seems to have come through the drought of spring 2020 pretty well. As with many other areas there was a considerable booom in Small Tortoiseshell.
Some adjustement were made for the first weeks missed during lockdown: Brimstone +4. GVW +5, Orange tip +52, Peacock +15,