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Isle of Portland

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This site is designated as an SSSI or is part of a larger SSSI. Here are the details:

SSSI Name Isle of Portland
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Description

The Isle of Portland is internationally important for its geological interest. The Island has a rich assemblage of plants and animals associated with limestone grassland, scrub and coastal habitats, a combination of features and species unrepeated elsewhere. Portland is also a famous site for the study of bird migration centred on the observatory at the Bill.

Interest Biological, Geological
Status Now Featured on NoD
My Notes This SSSI comprises a significant amount of Portland that has not been developed including six sites that are now nature reserves.

The information about this Site of Special Scientific Interest has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Natural England Distribution Map Species List Records List Some Photographs Guidance Notes

These sites featured on the Nature of Dorset fall within this SSSI. Click the site name to find out more about it. Alternatively, click the map logo above and see their location on a map and then view the site details from there:

Sites featured on the Nature of Dorset within this SSSI designation (Click to view details) Headline
King Barrow Quarry Nature Reserve

A disused stone quarry providing a dramatic landscape, wonderful views and abundant nature interest.


 

Broadcroft Quarry Nature Reserve

 A disused quarry now a superb wildlife site managed by Butterfly Conservation Dorset.


 

Perryfields Nature Reserve

The smallest of Portland's redundant quarries now nature reserves but well worth a visit nonetheless.


 

Portland Bill

Amazing rugged beauty on a warm summers day and awesome in a gale - a must visit for everyone.


 

Church Ope Cove

A small secluded rocky beach on the sheltered eastern side of Portland and a nearby cliff ledge


 

Tout Quarry Nature Reserve

Lots of flowers and insects, fantastic views, an insight into the history of Portland stone extraction and a look at some sculptures!