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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
    Top Species
    Aspect Detail
    Manager Local Authorities
    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

    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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