Stonehill Down Reserve

Stonehill Down - T BatesSize: 20ha.

High on the chalk ridge running west/east across the Isle of Purbeck, this downland reserve has far-reaching views across the Wareham Forest, with Poole Harbour to the east.

Wildlife interest:

  • Common spotted, early purple & bee orchids in early summer.
  • Downland flowers in profusion, including horseshoe vetch, carline thistles.
  • Woodland show of primroses & ramsons.
  • Lulworth skipper & Adonis blue butterflies may be seen.

Best time to visit:

Spring & summer.

Early purple orchids on Stonehill DownAccess:

Several paths cross the reserve, but difficult ground conditions make access limited.

UNDER THE COUNTRYSIDE AND RIGHTS OF WAY ACT 2000 (CROW), DOGS SHOULD BE KEPT ON SHORT LEADS ON THIS SITE (OPEN ACCESS LAND) FROM 1ST MARCH TO 31ST JULY TO PROTECT GROUND NESTING BIRDS.

Location:

Map ref. SY 925825.  Turn off A351 at Springfield Country Hotel & continue straight.  Take second left signposted East Creech.  Access is at the top of the hill opposite Creech Barrow. 

Stonehill Down map

 

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