Ellerburn Bank Nature Reserve

Ellerburn Bank Nature Reserve

A warm sunny day brings this limestone grassland to life, with colourful butterflies such as small copper and day-flying moths including six-spot burnet fluttering between vibrantly coloured meadow flowers. Skylark, with their distinctive flight and lilting song, breed in the adjacent fields.

Rabbits, foxes, badgers and roe deer are frequent visitors that leave telltale signs, whilst stoats can be seen whisking through the stems during the day. Adders are seen occasionally around the drystone wall. Butterflies breeding here include small copper and small skipper.

Ellerburn Bank - Credit Jono Leadley

Situated on the shoulder of Pexton Moor the nature reserve slopes down into the valley towards Dalby Beck. Along the western edge of the site is an ancient earthwork that is thought to be a late Bronze Age double bank and ditch. This is a scheduled ancient monument.

Please note there are no paths on the reserve.

Ellerburn Bank nature reserve


For full details and facilities please visit Ellerburn Bank nature reserve's website



Car parking

Park at Haygate car park on the Dalby Forest Drive (charge applies), then walk 750 metres (1/2 mile) south on the footpath

Getting here

Contact us

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel 01904 659570
Email Yorkshire Wildlife Trust


Dalby Forest Drive, Dalby Forest, Pickering, North Yorkshire YO18 7LU
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Grid Reference SE 8532 8503

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