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  • Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

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    Name of Location Fontmell Down Nature Reserve
    Highlights Butterflies, Chalk grassland flora, Orchids, Views
    Facilities
    • Limited parking on site
    • Parking can be difficult
    • No visitor facilities
    • Information display
    • No defined paths
    OS Map Reference ST887176
    Aspect Detail
    Manager Dorset Wildlife Trust
    Ten Top Species: 
    Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level
    Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia conopsea SSSI Notification
    5
    Early Gentian Gentianella anglica SSSI Notification
    5
    Bastard Toadflax Thesium humifusum SSSI Notification
    5
    Dwarf Mouse-ear Cerastium pumilum Present 27/05/2012
    5
    Mother Shipton Callistege mi Dorset Butterfly Conservation website
    4
    Frog Orchid Coeloglossum viride SSSI Notification
    4
    Common Twayblade Neottia ovata Present 27/05/2012
    4
    Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma SSSI Notification
    4
    Wood Tiger Parasemia plantaginis Dorset Butterfly Conservation website
    4
    Five-spot Burnet Zygaena trifolii Dorset Butterfly Conservation website
    4
    Habitat(s) Extent Comment
    W1: Broad-leaf Woodland Partial Areas of broad lea woodland exist, especially at lower levels
    SM: Mixed Scrub Partial Areas of scrub have established
    GC: Calcareous Grassland Foundation The area is dominated by calcareous soils and downland

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

    SSSI Name Fontmell and Melbury Downs
    Primary Photo
    Description

    This large site, comprising part of the edge of the chalk escarpment holds unimproved chalk grassland and scrub communities which are typical of north east Dorset and have high botanical and entomological interest.

    Interest Biological
    Status Now Featured on NoD
    My Notes Whilst this SSSI extends well beyond the bounds of the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve at Fontmell Down the reserve itself is, undoubtedly, a major feature of it.

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