Longstone Edge

Longstone Edge
Sunday 18 August 2013 10.30am

Help us search out the declining Wall Brown in this one of its last remaining out-posts in the region.

Meet at the Monsal Head Public Pay & Display Car Park (grid ref SK185715) at 10.30 am where there are toilets and a café. We can then leave some cars there, and then fill up the remainder of the vehicles with members and then drive to nearby Longstone Edge (restricted parking space is available at SK200730).

The target species is the Wall Brown but there could also be Dark Green Fritillary and the Brown Argus (Peak District Race) dependant on how advanced the butterfly season is. As the Wall Brown is in serious decline, we would appreciate any members making notes of their observations of the females egg laying requirements and whether the males appear darker than normal at this location. Also any video clips of the butterfly would be appreciated as this may be of some use to the Scientists who are trying to find out the reason for its decline. In the afternoon, there would be an opportunity to visit nearby Coombs Dale, but unfortunately it does look as though the Wall Brown may be lost at this location.

Joint meeting with Cheshire and High Peak Branch.

Contact: David Tomlinson 01663 762596