Wildlife at Fylingdales

Female Common Lizard at Fylingdales June 2012
Female Common Lizard at Fylingdales June 2012

The Wildlife of Fylingdales Moor

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90 bird species have been recorded at Fylingdales, with several rare and endangered birds breeding on the Moor.

Of special conservation interest are species such as:

  • Golden plover
  • Red grouse
  • Curlew
  • Ring ouzel
  • Merlin

Special conservation efforts are directed towards the merlin (Britain’s smallest falcon) – for which the North York Moors are a fragile, but nationally important breeding area.

Careful heather management on Fylingdales Moor aims to create a “habitat mosaic” of young heather, whilst retaining areas of more mature growth in which merlins prefer to nest. As a result, we are already beginning to see an increase in the numbers of breeding merlins on the Moor.

Similar conservation efforts are aimed at encouraging other rare moorland species including the hen harrier and short-eared owl, neither of which has bred on the moor in recent years. Management of heather and other habitats on the moor such as grassland, bracken and dry heath are aimed to improve habitats for red grouse, golden plover, wheatear, skylark, linnet, stonechat and ring ouzel.

Butterflies and Moths

Angle Shades Phlogophora meticulosa all year but May-Jun, Aug-Oct main
Antler Moth Ceraptreyx graminis Jun-Sept
Anomalous Strilbia anomala Aug-Sept
Autumnal Rustic Eugnorisma glareosa Aug-Sept
Beautiful Plume Amblyptilia acanthadactyla Jul and Sept onwards
Beautiful Yellow-underwing Anarta myrtilli Jun-Jul Jugger Howe
Brimstone Moth Opisthograptis luteolata Apr-Oct
Brown Knot-horn Pyla fusca Jun-Jul Jugger Howe
Brown Rustic Rusina ferruginea Jun-Jul Jugger Howe
Brown Silver Line Petrophora chlorosata May-Jun Jugger Howe
Chevron Eulithis testata Jul-Aug
Chimney Sweeper Odezia atrata Jun-Jul Jugger Beck
Cinquefoil Tortrix Philedone gerningana late Jun-Aug or Sept Fylingdales Moor
Clouded Border Lomaspilis marginata May-Jul Jugger Howe
Clouded Buff Diacrisia sannio Jun-Jul
Common Blue Polyommatus icarus Jun-Sept(?) Jugger Howe
Common Wave Cabera exanthemata May-Aug Jugger Howe
Crambus pascuella May to Sept (Jun-Aug?)
Dark Arches Apamea monoglypha Jul-Aug
Ear Moth Amphipoea agg. Jul-Sept oculea
Flounced Chestnut Agrochola helvola Sept-Oct
Fox Moth Macrothylacia rubi May-Jun Fylingdales Moor
Grass Wave Perconia strigillaria Jun-Jul Jugger Howe
Grey Poplar Bell Epinotia nisella Jul – Aug
Heath Rustic Xestia agathina Sept
Heather Neb Aristotelia ericinella Jul – Aug Jugger Howe
Ingrailed Clay Diarsia mendica Jun-Jul Jugger Howe
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus Jun-Aug Jugger Howe
Large Yellow Underwing Noctua pronuba Jul-Sept Howdale Moor
Latticed Heath Chiasmia clathrata May-Jun, Aug-Sept Jugger Howe
Lesser Yellow Underwing Noctua comes Jul-Sept
Light Arches Apamea lithoxylaea Jun-Aug
Map-winged Swift Hepialus fusconebulosa Jun-Jul
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina Jun-Sept Jugger Howe
Narrow-winged Pug Eupithecia nanata Apr-Jun poss 2nd Aug
Northern Eggar Lasiocampa quercus callunae May-Jun Fylingdales Moor Jugger Howe
Northern Spinach Eulithis populata Jul-Aug
Nut Bud Moth Epinotia tenerana Jul-Oct Jugger Howe
Painted Lady Vanessa cardui Apr-Jun, Jul-Sept, Oct Jugger Howe
Pearl Veneer Agriphila straminella Jun-Sept (Jul-Aug?)
Pearl-band Grass Veneer Catoptria margaritella Jul-Aug
Pinion-streaked Snout Schrankia costaestrigalis Jul-Oct
Purple Bar Cosmorhoe ocellata May-Aug Jugger Howe
Purple Clay Diarsia brunnea Jun-Aug
Red Admiral Vanesssa atalanta Mar-Oct Jugger Howe
Riband Wave Idaea aversata Jun-Aug
Ringlet Aphantopus hyperantus Jun-Aug Jugger Beck
Ruby Tiger Phragmatobia fuliginosa Jun
Sallow Xanthia icteritia Sept-Oct
Scollaped Oak Crocallis elinguaria Jul-Aug
Scoparia ambigualis May-Jul
Silver Y Autographa gamma all year, mostly May-Sept Fylingdales Moor Jugger Howe
Silver-ground Carpet Xanthorhoe montanata May-Jul Jugger Howe
Six-Spot Burnet Zygaena filipendulae Jun-Aug Fylingdales Moor Jugger Howe
Small Heath Coenonympha pamphilus May-Jul Jugger Howe
Small Pearl-bordered Fritillary Boloria selene May-Jun Castlebeck Jugger Howe
Small Purple-barred Phytometra viridaria May-Jul
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris Jun-Aug Jugger Beck Jugger Howe
Small Square-spot Diarsia rubi May-Jun, Aug-Sept
Small-dotted Buff Photedes minima Jun-Aug
Smoky Wainscot Mythimna impura Jun-Aug
Smoky Wave Scopula ternata Jun-Jul Jugger Howe
Thistle Conch Aethes cnicana Jun-Jul
True Lover’s Knot Lycophotia porphyrea Jun-Aug Jugger Howe
Twin-spot Carpet Perizoma didymata Jun-Aug
Water Carpet Lampropteryx suffumata Apr-May
White-line Dart Euxoa tritici Jul-Aug