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RFI Arnside Knott and Gait Barrows (1 Viewer)

RobinD

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Covid restrictions permitting, I will be visiting north Lancashire from saturday 15th August for a week.
I hope to have some time to enjoy the Arnside and Silverdale AONB as well as Bowland.
Am I likely to be too late for the local specialities - I'm hoping Scotch Argus will still be on the wing. I'm guessing it's too late for HB Fritillary and know it's too late for Northern Brown Argus. Any chance of second brood PB Frit or SPB Frit?

Any help and advice grately received!
 

Stephen Dunstan

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Covid restrictions permitting, I will be visiting north Lancashire from saturday 15th August for a week.
I hope to have some time to enjoy the Arnside and Silverdale AONB as well as Bowland.
Am I likely to be too late for the local specialities - I'm hoping Scotch Argus will still be on the wing. I'm guessing it's too late for HB Fritillary and know it's too late for Northern Brown Argus. Any chance of second brood PB Frit or SPB Frit?

Any help and advice grately received!

Sorry it's not more positive but I read somewhere that Scotch Argus are doing really badly on Arnside Knott these days.
 

Timbirder3

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If you get the chance it is worth visiting Smardale Gill. Scotch Argus is thriving there. When I went a couple of years ago I saw 200+ Scotch Argus at Smardale but only half a dozen at Arnside Knot. This was the second week in August. There might be the odd really worn HB Frit but I'm not sure if the others have a second brood up north.
Tim
 

prhodes

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Two years ago we found High Brown Fritillary at Holme Stinted Pastures - just enter this into Google for more details. The site is a few miles from Arnside and Gait Barrows. Simply follow the main path checking the thistles and brambles and the best area was only a few hundred yards form the road. If you leave the pastures onto the fell you've basically walked too far.

Unfortunately mid August may be a little late, but you may be lucky. Good luck
 

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