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  • Durlston Country Park

    Name of Location Durlston Country Park
    Attributes
    Highlights
    • Butterflies
    • Chalk grassland flora
    • Fungi in autumn
    • Migrating Birds
    • Orchids
    • Views
    Governing SSSI South Dorset Coast
    Interest Biological, Geological
    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
    Citation Detail View the citation on Natural England website
    Schedule View the schedule on Natural England website
    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

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