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Danks Down

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Map of Danks Down

The map shows you the route that this butterfly transect follows.


County : England(Wiltshire)
Gridref : ST83907660
Year established : 2005
Number of sections : 8
Altitude (m) :
Length (m) : 1500
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 Skipper? 30 more
Small Skipper? 30 more
Large Skipper? 21 more
Dingy Skipper? 19 more
Brimstone? 18 more
Large White? 18 more
Small White? 40 more
Green-veined White? 9 more
Orange-tip? 5.93 more
Green Hairstreak?   more
Small Copper? 2 more
Small Blue? 2 more
Brown Argus? 51.31 more
Common Blue? 65.80 more
Chalk Hill Blue? 497 more
Adonis Blue? 60.25 more
Holly Blue? 2 more
Red Admiral? 1 more
Painted Lady? 1 more
Small Tortoiseshell? 1 more
Peacock? 19.86 more
Comma? 6.35 more
Dark Green Fritillary? 2 more
Silver-washed Fritillary? 6 more
Marsh Fritillary? 1 more
Speckled Wood? 48 more
Marbled White? 184 more
Gatekeeper? 95 more
Meadow Brown? 488 more
Small Heath? 252 more
Ringlet? 120 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.

Links to counts

2005,2006


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.