Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)

An easily accessible part of the Purbeck Ridge with lots of flowers and insects to see in summer. 

 

Site Name Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)
Protection
  • No Public Access
  • Open Access
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
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County Dorset
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Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)

Purbeck Ridge: Nine Barrow Down -

The Purbeck Ridge is a prominent feature of Dorset geology. It runs from Swanage in the east to Lulworth in the west and is mainly chalk. The ridge can be accessed in a variety of places and Nine Barrow Down is one of those points which is readily accessible with nearby parking in the lay-by on the Swanage to Studland road at Ulwell. This is also a good place to access the ridge as the path up is well established and is not overly steep as it runs gradually from low level by the road to the topmost part of the ridge from where you get wonderful views across the Isle of Purbeck as well as across the sea to the Isle of Wight.

The south side of the ridge is ideal for butterflies as it is (usually) sunny and warm in summer and a climb up the path will generally bring rewards. Not only is it a good spot for butterflies but it has a diverse flora too with some interesting, if not rare, species. This is a good place to find adonis blue in season and Lulworth skipper also occurs in this vicinity although I have not seen it here.

So, if you like good views and good wildlife, Nine Barrow Down should be on your list of places to visit.  

Purbeck Ridge (Nine Barrow Down)

50.628358425524, -1.9755484422679
No Public Access, Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
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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

16
B3

Calcareous Grassland

15
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

14
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

12
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A2

Scrub

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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
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

22
CG02

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

21
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

20
CG07

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

19
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

18
MG05

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

17
CG01

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

17
W08

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

17
W09

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

14
CG10

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

12
Site Notables
Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
18-07-13

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The number of species recorded per species group: