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Durlston Country Park
Name of Location Durlston Country Park Highlights Butterflies, Chalk grassland flora, Fungi in autumn, Migrating Birds, Orchids, Views Diversity Very High (over 200 species) Facilities
- 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 SZ033773Ten Top Species: Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level Date Waxcap Hygrocybe spadicea Present 12/12/20115 Early Gentian Gentianella anglica Present in Lighthouse Field 29/05/20125 Corky-fruited Water-dropwort Oenanthe pimpinelloides Common 10/07/20115 Bastard Toadflax Thesium humifusum Present in Lighthouse Field 15/06/20085 Dwarf Mouse-ear Cerastium pumilum Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography) 01/01/20115 Early Spider Orchid Ophrys sphegodes Frequent 22/04/20105 Knotted Hedge-Parsley Torilis nodosa Present in the car park 29/05/20125 Portland Spurge Euphorbia portlandica Present 15/06/20085 Hounds-tongue Cynoglossum officinale Present 17/05/20125 Common Twayblade Neottia ovata Present 17/05/20124 Habitat(s) Extent Comment W3: Mixed Woodland Minority There are small amounts of woodland remaining from its earlier heritage SM: Mixed Scrub Partial Look amongst the scrub for whitethroat and other nesting warblers GC: Calcareous Grassland Significant The open downs are the best place to see orchids and other flowers SH: Hedgerow Scrub Minority The field hedgerows are nesting habitat for several species of birds BA: Arable farmland Partial Once arable farmland are now rich flower meadows BP: Parks, arboreta & gardens Minority The now abandoned gardens around the castle have some interesting plants and trees BB: Buildings, bridges and walls Minority Purbeck stone walls are good for lichen, mosses and ferns CCH: Hard Coastal Cliffs Partial The steep cliffs are ideal for many nesting sea birds
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 Description
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