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Ledsham Bank Nature Reserve

A botanist's dream come midsummer, Ledsham Bank is alive with colour from the fantastic displays of wildflowers.


Situated in a north-south-running valley on the magnesian limestone, the nature reserve supports vivid spikes of pyramidal, common spotted and fragrant orchids which are scattered around the site creating an amazing show in June and July.

Other typical limestone loving plants here include hoary plantain, yellow-wort, and impressive stands of the bright yellow dyer’s greenweed – rare in Yorkshire.

In spring there is a good show of cowslip across the site. Later in summer field scabious and common knapweed give showy purple and pink flowers. A mature hedgerow runs down the west side of the nature reserve, providing food and shelter for winter finches and thrushes. A surprising number of butterflies have also been recorded here including small and large skippers, common and holly blues and commas.

The nature reserve is managed to enhance the limestone grassland by controlling invasive scrub and weed species such as ragwort, hogweed and burdock. Grazing cattle and sheep help with this management through the winter months.


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Want to see more of Ledsham Bank Nature Reserve before your visit? Have a look below.

Ledsham Bank Nature Reserve photos in our Flickr group



Species and habitats

Holly Blue, Dyer's Greenweed, Fragrant Orchid

Nearby nature reserves

Ledston Luck
2 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Sherburn Willows Nature Reserve
2 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Kippax Meadows
3 miles - Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Holyrood Lane
West Yorkshire
LS25 5LL
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Jun - Jul
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Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Cattle and sheep graze in the winter months.
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Yorkshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01904 659570


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