Hipparchia semele

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GRAYLING Hipparchia semele

Primarily a species of coastal sand hills, it also occurs on limestone around Morecambe Bay (SD47) and there are tenuous colonies at two isolated inland sites on salt flashes in Cheshire, near Northwich and Sandbach. I am a little uncertain about the inland records in Lancashire during the second period and suspect misidentification.

THE THREE PERIODS COMPARED

PERIOD 1 (1940-1994) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

PERIOD 2 (1995-2000) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

PERIOD 3 (2001-2007) WITH RECORDING COVERAGE, ALTITUDE AND URBAN COVER

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