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Fontmell and Melbury Downs

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

SSSI Name Fontmell and Melbury Downs
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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.

These sites featured on the Nature of Dorset fall within this SSSI. Click the site name to find out more about it. Alternatively, click the map logo above and see their location on a map and then view the site details from there:

Sites featured on the Nature of Dorset within this SSSI designation (Click to view details) Headline
Fontmell Down Nature Reserve

Wonderful views and fascinating natural interest, especially butterflies.


Melbury Down

A steep and impressive chalk downland escarpment.

The information about this Site of Special Scientific Interest has been organised into reports, charts, maps and photos. Click a pic below to see the detail:

Natural England Sites Map Species List Some Photographs Guidance Notes