Silver Royd Hill

Just downstream of the reservoir, following the course of Farnley Beck, lies Silver Royd Hill. In the spring and early summer wildflowers such as knapweed and teasel bloom on the hillside, attracting butterflies, bees and other types of nectar gathering insects. Scattered trees and hawthorn and gorse scrub provides important habitat for birds, and each spring resident finches and tits are joined by migrant warblers, including chiff chaff and whitethroat,which arrive from Africa and the Mediterranean.

Cinnibar Moth caterpillars contently grazing on ragwort growing at Silver Royd Hill

Stands of great burnet with their characteristic crimson heads are scattered over the hillside at Silver Royd Hill

Part of Silver Royd Hill with typical scrub habitat

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