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Aston Upthorpe Downs

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Map of Aston Upthorpe Downs

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County : England(Oxfordshire)
Gridref : SU54508370
Year established : 1993
Number of sections : 8
Altitude (m) : 116
Length (m) : 3500
Width (m) : 5
Broad habitat : Dry semi/unimproved (flower rich) chalk/limestone grassland
The following species have been recorded on this site:
SpeciesStatusColonised / ExtinctMean Count 
Essex/Small SkipperDeclining 77.13 more
Small SkipperDeclining 6.94 more
Essex SkipperDeclining 3.25 more
Silver-spotted SkipperDeclining 2.16 more
Large SkipperDeclining 19.05 more
Dingy SkipperStable 14.72 more
Grizzled SkipperStable 27.90 more
Clouded YellowStable 1.25 more
BrimstoneIncreasing 119 more
Large WhiteStable 55.20 more
Small WhiteStable 155.83 more
Green-veined WhiteStable 56.86 more
Orange-tipStable 9.97 more
Green HairstreakStable 4.59 more
Small CopperStable 14.92 more
Small BlueStable 1.28 more
Brown ArgusStable 15.76 more
Common BlueStable 232.50 more
Chalk Hill BlueStable 78.86 more
Adonis BlueStable 0.53 more
Holly BlueStable 2.05 more
Duke of BurgundyDeclining 2.29 more
Red AdmiralStable 7.37 more
Painted LadyStable 2.74 more
Small TortoiseshellStable 25.15 more
PeacockIncreasing 44.37 more
CommaIncreasing 12.25 more
Dark Green FritillaryStable 1.10 more
Speckled WoodStable 21.63 more
Wall? 0.04 more
Marbled WhiteDeclining 112.30 more
GatekeeperStable 202.96 more
Meadow BrownIncreasing 809.32 more
Small HeathStable 126.82 more
RingletStable 221.57 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.