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Ainsdale NNR

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Map of Ainsdale NNR

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County : England(Lancashire)
Gridref : SD28501050
Year established : 1982
Number of sections : 7
Altitude (m) : 6
Length (m) :
Width (m) : -1
Broad habitat : Coastal dune grassland
The following species have been recorded on this site:
SpeciesStatusColonised / ExtinctMean Count 
Essex/Small Skipper? 0.47 more
Small Skipper? 0.15 more
Large SkipperStable 3.92 more
Clouded Yellow? 0.59 more
Large WhiteStable 26.42 more
Small WhiteIncreasing 36.52 more
Green-veined WhiteStable 102.54 more
Orange-tipIncreasing 1.97 more
Small CopperIncreasing 45.02 more
Common BlueStable 1066.64 more
Holly Blue? 0.06 more
Red AdmiralIncreasing 6.67 more
Painted LadyStable 2.94 more
Small TortoiseshellIncreasing 33.55 more
PeacockIncreasing 6.57 more
Comma? 0.63 more
Dark Green FritillaryIncreasing 108.41 more
Speckled WoodIncreasing 6.28 more
WallDeclining 54.12 more
GraylingStable 113.65 more
GatekeeperStable 475.09 more
Meadow BrownDeclining 2987.51 more
Small HeathDeclining 166.65 more

This table shows the species that have been recorded on this site. Where sufficient data is available, trends in abundance are assessed and colonisation/extinction events are identified. Click on 'more' to see a plot of abundance through time for each species. See green question mark above for more details.


The UKBMS is run by  Butterfly Conservation (BC), the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), in partnership with the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), and supported and steered by Forestry Commission (FC),  Natural England (NE), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). The UKBMS is indebted to all volunteers who contribute data to the scheme.