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Upton Cow Down (MOD)

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Map of Upton Cow Down (MOD)

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County : England(Wiltshire)
Gridref : ST87104840
Year established : 1983
Number of sections : 7
Altitude (m) : 145
Length (m) : 650
Width (m) : -1
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 43.18 more
Small SkipperDeclining 81.62 more
Essex Skipper? 0.70 more
Large SkipperStable 10.51 more
Dingy SkipperStable 2.65 more
Grizzled Skipper? 0.19 more
Clouded Yellow? 0.34 more
BrimstoneIncreasing 3.68 more
Large WhiteStable 10.37 more
Small WhiteStable 21.63 more
Green-veined WhiteDeclining 10.95 more
Orange-tipStable 1.61 more
Green HairstreakStable 4.52 more
Small CopperIncreasing 0.89 more
Small BlueStable 0.70 more
Brown ArgusStable 37.31 more
Common BlueStable 83.28 more
Chalk Hill BlueDeclining 13.90 more
Adonis BlueStable 15.98 more
Holly BlueStable 0.78 more
Duke of Burgundy? 0.21 more
Red AdmiralStable 1.88 more
Painted LadyStable 2.56 more
Small TortoiseshellStable 30.25 more
PeacockStable 12.34 more
CommaStable 0.86 more
Dark Green FritillaryDeclining 1.37 more
Marsh Fritillary? 0.51 more
Speckled WoodStable 17.13 more
WallStable 14.02 more
Marbled WhiteStable 99.74 more
GatekeeperStable 29.40 more
Meadow BrownStable 398.07 more
Small HeathStable 69.32 more
RingletStable 46.40 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.