This is not access land. It's a location I study I see clearly how wildlife fares so much better when protected by stone walls from the intrusion of walkers and dogs. On Cunswick Scar the pattern is the same. Ground nesting curlew and lapwing might breed in a network of enclosed pastures but they cannot thrive on the open fell which is too much walked.
I found yarrow of the deepest pink I think I've ever seen in the wild.
A meadow brown alighted in limestone clitter- they often bask on the stones for warmth. The underwing is a wonder of cryptic colour and pattern.
I returned through the most sheltered scrub where there are butterfly hotspots- and more. Pockets of heat amongst outcropping limestone, brambles and juniper. I met a neighbour who told me he'd seen an adder- not sure he meant today. And lizard too. We talked of the kestrel of the place which he'd been watching, as I have. We believe they have young and he thinks he's seen three fledglings. We've both been looking out for curlew here and so I told him where I'd found the lapwing family. It's gratifying to meet someone who has been following the progress of wildlife so eagerly.