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Fontmell Down Nature Reserve
Name of Location Fontmell Down Nature Reserve Highlights Butterflies, Chalk grassland flora, Orchids, Views Diversity Very High (over 200 species) Facilities
- Limited parking on site
- Parking can be difficult
- No visitor facilities
- Information display
- No defined paths
OS Map Reference ST887176Ten Top Species: Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level Dwarf Mouse-ear Cerastium pumilum Present 27/05/20125 Fragrant Orchid Gymnadenia conopsea SSSI Notification5 Early Gentian Gentianella anglica SSSI Notification5 Bastard Toadflax Thesium humifusum SSSI Notification5 Small Blue Cupido minimus Dorset Butterfly Conservation website4 Mother Shipton Callistege mi Dorset Butterfly Conservation website4 Frog Orchid Coeloglossum viride SSSI Notification4 Wood Tiger Parasemia plantaginis Dorset Butterfly Conservation website4 Silver-spotted Skipper Hesperia comma SSSI Notification4 Five-spot Burnet Zygaena trifolii Dorset Butterfly Conservation website4 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.