Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve: Hervey Memorial Reserve

Whitbarrow Nature Reserve Hervey Nature Reserve by Tom Richardson GeographThe reserve, on top of Whitbarrow Scar, was created in memory of Canon A K Hervey, a founding member of the Cumbria Wildlife Trust. It is made up of limestone grassland, pavement and juniper scrub. Hollows that run in ridges have trapped glacial material and limestone scree which results in certain types of vegetation.

Hoary rockrose, bird’s foot sedge, horseshoe vetch, and wild thyme grow on the western cliff-top. However, most of the reserve is covered with blue-moor grass. Within the grass area other plants are dropwort, lesser meadow rue, bird’s-foot trefoil, limestone bedstraw, wood sage, and common rockrose.

Whitbarrow National Nature Reserve Hervey Memorial Reserve Memorial to Hervey by Martin  GeographIn the hollows are heather and bracken. Birch and ash also grow on the reserve, and juniper can be found as well. In the limestone pavement on the eastern side of the reserve are a number of rare species including limestone polypody, Lancastrian whitebeam, and rigid buckler fern.

Butterflies found here are the high brown, dark green, pearl-bordered and small pearl-bordered fritillaries, northern brown argus, grayling, common blue, and small heath.

Breeding birds on the reserve are the meadow pipit, green and great spotted woodpeckers, and redstart. Roe and red deer can be spotted.Small Pearl-Bordered-Fritillary by Charles Winpenny Cornwall Cam

Map Reference:
OS 1:50,000
Sheet No 97
SD 440 870
Open to members and non-members.

From A590, road to Witherlack; go through village and then 2km along at Witherslack Hall, turn right onto rough track for parking. Footpath across field leads up the scar to reserve. Warning: steep and slippery after rain. Another access available off the A5074 from the Howe or Row but limited parking.

Photos courtesy of © Tom Richardson , Martin , Charles Winpenny

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