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Purbeck Ridge: West

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

SSSI Name Purbeck Ridge: West
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This site lies on the Upper Chalk of the Purbeck escarpment over which are superficial deposits of Clay with Flints. It includes a large area of mainly northfacing broad-leaved woodland as well as well as calcareous and acid grassland and scrub on varying aspects.

Interest Biological
Status Now Featured on NoD
My Notes Much of this SSSI covers private woodland on the north side of the ridge which is not accessible. Much of the top of the ridge has been 'improved' for agriculture and is not included in the site; the exception is the Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve at Stonehill Down

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Natural England Distribution Map Species List Some Photographs Guidance Notes

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
Stonehill Down Nature Reserve

A Dorset Wildlife Trust reserve high on the Purbeck Ridge with superb views, chalk grassland and lovely wooded escarpment