The fishing pond belonging to the Farm Shop at the top of Clifton has masses of thistles around it. Although it has gone mostly to seed, there are fresh flowers opening, mostly on the creeping thistle.
Today the thistle nectar was being used by many of the 9 species of butterfly there.
Most numerous were gatekeepers (which I have only seen as singles before) and small coppers.
There were 6 peacocks in view at the same time. Others were:
Green Veined white
Speckled Wood (in Jay House Lane.)
I'm afraid I climb over 2 barbed wire fences, entering from Jay House Lane. The proper entrance will be up at the farm. There has never been any anglers, but I go mid-day, weekdays.
The other main interest here is the only known tree sparrow colony in Calderdale.