Stanley Bank Meadow, St Helens
Stanley Bank Meadow is a 7ha site, designated a SSSI in 1986 and part of the Stanley Bank Local Nature Reserve. Previously, much of the current meadow area was covered in increasingly spreading scrub but through careful management by the St Helens Ranger Service and Natural England, the 'health' of the meadow has improved. This has encouraged larger numbers of butterflies and moths and plant species such as Lesser Spearwort, Square-stalked St John's Wort, Bird's-foot Trefoil and Bugle.
Species to spot
Best time to see: June - Sept
A thistle-like plant also known as 'black knapweed', although its flowers are actually bright pink. It is a popular source of nectar for the Red Admiral, Meadow Brown, Peacock, Painted Lady and many other butterflies.