Hod Hill

An ancient iron hill fort well worth a visit in spring, summer or autumn.

 

Site Name Hod Hill
Protection
  • National Trust
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://www.dorsetbutterflies.com/places/hod-hill/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1003611…
Site Projects
Hod Hill

Hod Hill: the rest is history -

There are very few places you can go anywhere in the United Kingdom, let alone Dorset, where you can see countryside that has been pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. The second world war 'Dig for Victory' campaign and subsequent post-war push towards self-sufficiency and intensive farming saw much of our wild landscape go under the plough. In Dorset, however, there are a number of ancient hill forts that date back to the iron age (between 1000 and 800 BC) and because they are of significant historical interest they have been preserved and co-incidentally, so too has the natural history. Protection of these sites as part of our historical heritage has led to protection of the chalk grassland habitat and related flora and fauna. One of the largest of these hill forts is Hod Hill (some sources say it is the largest?) 3 miles or so north west of Blandford Forum. The steep climb from the car park on the Child Okeford road leads to the ancient earth works and a walk around the walls provides not only a spectacular array of flowers and masses of butterflies but superb views across the surround areas of the beautiful, gentle Dorset countryside. Hod Hill in summer is, frankly, a must for anyone who loves nature and loves Dorset.  

Hod Hill

50.895091159119, -2.2034107536609
National Trust, Site of Scientific Interest
3
These are the habitat types that MAY be present on the site based on the species recorded there (top 10 only shown):
Phase 1 Habitat Types Description No of Species
D1

Dwarf Shrub Heath

20
H6

Sand Dunes

19
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

16
B3

Calcareous Grassland

15
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

15
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

11
H2

Saltmarsh

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
These are the number of species for NVC codes on the site - it DOES NOT mean that the NVC community is actually present on the site: it might be! (Top 10 only shown):
NVC Community Description No of Species
MG05

Cynosurus cristatus - Centaurea nigra [Crested Dogs-tail/Black knapweed] grassland

23
CG02

Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland

22
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

22
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

21
W08

Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland

20
CG07

Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland

19
CG01

Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland

19
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

16
W09

Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland

15
CG10

Festuca ovina - Agrostis capillaris - Thymus polythricus [Sheeps Fescue/Common Bent/Wild Thyme] grassland

15
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
15-07-14

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 104
Insects & other inverts 29
Birds 6
Non-flowering Plants 1