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  • Durlston Country Park

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    Name of Location Durlston Country Park
    Highlights Butterflies, Chalk grassland flora, Fungi in autumn, Migrating Birds, Orchids, Views
    • Ample parking on site
    • Charge for parking
    • Manned visitor centre
    • Cafe on site
    • Toilets on site
    • Picnic area
    • Seats around the site
    • Information leaflet available
    • Signed routes and trails
    • Well made paths
    • Mobility vehicle available
    • Guided walks and events
    • Dogs on leads only
    OS Map Reference SZ033773
    Aspect Detail
    Area Isle of Purbeck
    Geology Limestone
    Manager Local Authorities
    Access Tramper
    Ten Top Species: 
    Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level
    Early Spider Orchid Ophrys sphegodes Frequent 22/04/2010
    Hounds-tongue Cynoglossum officinale Present 17/05/2012
    Dwarf Mouse-ear Cerastium pumilum Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography) 01/01/2011
    Knotted Hedge-Parsley Torilis nodosa Present in the car park 29/05/2012
    Bastard Toadflax Thesium humifusum Present in Lighthouse Field 15/06/2008
    Portland Spurge Euphorbia portlandica Present 15/06/2008
    Date Waxcap Hygrocybe spadicea Present 12/12/2011
    Corky-fruited Water-dropwort Oenanthe pimpinelloides Common 10/07/2011
    Early Gentian Gentianella anglica Present in Lighthouse Field 29/05/2012
    Woolly Thistle Cirsium eriophorum Present 15/06/2008

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

    SSSI Name South Dorset Coast
    Primary Photo

    This stretch of coastline combines internationally important geological interest with a rich range of wildlife habitats supporting populations of several rare plants and animals.

    Interest Biological, Geological
    Status Now Featured on NoD
    My Notes This is a large SSSI that stretches from Swanage in the east to near Weymouth in the west and is accessible via the South West Coastal path

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