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  • Dancing Ledge

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    Name of Location Dancing Ledge
    Highlights Views, Chalk grassland flora, Butterflies
    Facilities
    • No visitor facilities
    • No defined paths
    OS Map Reference SY995775
    Aspect Detail
    Manager National Trust
    Ten Top Species: 
    Species Scientific Name Status Record Date Interest Level
    Knotted Hedge-Parsley Torilis nodosa Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    5
    Early Gentian Gentianella anglica Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    5
    Early Spider Orchid Ophrys sphegodes Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    5
    Hounds-tongue Cynoglossum officinale Along the cliff tops 04/06/2013
    5
    Pale Flax Linum bienne In the approach fields 04/06/2013
    4
    Sea Spleenwort Asplenium marinum In quarry 04/06/2013
    4
    Small Blue Cupido minimus Along the cliff tops 04/06/2013
    4
    Wild Cabbage Brassica oleracea Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    4
    Chalk Milkwort Polygala calcarea Special Flowers of Purbeck (see bibliography)
    4
    Guillemot Uria aalge Nest on the cliffs 04/06/2013
    3
    Habitat(s) Extent Comment
    SM: Mixed Scrub Partial The is a fair amount of scrub around the cliff tops
    GC: Calcareous Grassland Significant the cliff tops are Purbeck stone and home to lime-loving flowers
    BQ: Quarries & mineral extraction Partial The ledges are the remains of what was once a stone quarry
    CCH: Hard Coastal Cliffs Partial The ledge is right on the cliff edge

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

    SSSI Name South Dorset Coast
    Primary Photo
    Description

    This stretch of coastline combines internationally important geological interest with a rich range of wildlife habitats supporting populations of several rare plants and animals.

    Interest Biological, Geological
    Status Now Featured on NoD
    My Notes This is a large SSSI that stretches from Swanage in the east to near Weymouth in the west and is accessible via the South West Coastal path