Yockenthwaite meadows, Langstrothdale

Six species-rich meadows make up the Yockenthwaite Meadows SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). In each meadow the central slope is left uncut but the whole site is grazed and this results in the fields having elements of both pasture and hay meadow vegetation, including Wood Crane’s-bill, Pignut, Common Knapweed, Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Autumn Hawkbit, Devil’s-bit Scabious and Salad Burnet, as well as three species of orchids.

Yockenthwaite meadows walk 

The best time to visit a meadow is in June, as most of the wildflowers will be flowering by then. Bear in mind that hay cutting usually starts around mid July depending on the weather. Meadows provide winter fodder for livestock so please stay on the public rights of way and walk in single file (there is no ‘right to roam’ through meadows). 

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Species to spot: Wood Crane’s-bill, Pignut, Common Knapweed, Bird’s-foot Trefoil, Autumn Hawkbit, Devil’s-bit Scabious, Salad Burnet, Orchids.  

Yockenthwaite meadow, Langstrothdale in the Yorkshire Dales
Yockenthwaite meadows, Langstrothdale

 

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