Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

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Wonderful views and fascinating natural interest, especially butterflies.


 

Fontmell Down Nature Reserve: wonderful viewing

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Site Details: 
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
Geology Chalk
Manager Dorset Wildlife Trust
Area Northern Dorset
Hazards for the less able: 
Hazard Commentsort descending Description
Livestock Cattle are used to graze areas of the down

Grazing by cows, sheep or horses is an essential part of the management plan on many reserves. The livestock themselves are not a hazard but their dung can be unpleasant and very slippery if you are unfortunate enough to step in it! Soft ground on reserves where cows are grazed can become very pitted, uneven and muddy. Some people, of course, are very nervous about being close to livestock. It is essential that dogs are kept on leads near livestock (but then should always be on leads on nature reserves) and it is also essential that gates are closed after you.

Steep Slopes There are some extremely steep slopes here

Escarpments and downland are often left unfarmed and so have a diversity of plant life and become designated as nature reserves to protect those species that are present. Steep slopes in such environments can be a struggle to climb and the risk of falling will always be present and special care is needed. 

Rough Ground There is not much in the way of good footpaths!

Nature reserves exist for the wildlife and plants that are found there and are not always visitor friendly, especially some smaller reserves. The ground on some reserves can be very rough going even when there are paths present and would not be passable by those who are less mobile.

More site photos (see also link below): 

This map shows the location of the reserve (purple marker) and access points to the reserve (yellow markers). You can use the Google map controls to zoom in get a more detailed idea of where it is and where to park. If you click on a marker more information about directions,  sat nav co-ordinates and parking will display.

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