Special Invertebrate Sites

Argill Woods invertebrate site

Argill Woods Special Invertebrate Site

Argill Woods features ancient trees, hazel coppice, a flower-rich understory and a string of vibrant meadows, along with the Argill beck and limestone rich flushes.

Seasonal highlights

Birch and bronze shieldbugs and leopard slugs can be found in most months of the year at this site. Beetles bring the woods and grassland to life in spring, with violet oil beetles, red-headed cardinal beetles and black-spotted longhorn beetles. During summer, the flower-rich meadows are awash with insects, including the late bear hoverfly, comma butterfly and chimney sweeper moths, while common hawkers hunt for riverflies over the beck.

  • Car parking: lay-by, old A66, Stainmore, Cumbria, CA17 4DY
  • Grid reference: NY 84185 14872
  • Survey route length: 1.5 miles
  • Terrain: the survey route follows an uneven footpath with several steep, slippery, narrow sections, steps, stiles and occasional grazing animals. Care needs to be taken during wet periods.

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