Chalbury Hill

A disused quarry and an iron age hill fort - two for the price of one!

 
 

Site Name Chalbury Hill
Protection
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
2
County Dorset
More Information https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chalbury_Hill_And_Quarry
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002621…
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Chalbury Hill

Chalbury Hill: Not for the feint hearted -

Chalbury Hill is designated as a site of special scientific interest for both biological and geological reasons. It is not so much the hill that is of interest but the quarry that has been excavated into the side of it. The excavations reveal the rock structure of the underlying geology of the area.

As with most abandoned quarries nature has made a comeback and the thin soil remaining provides a habitat for many different plants to grow, species that might struggle with more competition from grasses Where there are flowers, of course, insects can be found, especially butterflies and moths.  Much of the quarry area is sloping and there are large areas of rock scree which is loose and difficult to walk on and, in my view, Chalbury Hill is not a site for the feint hearted! I had to turn back from proposed diversions on several occasions; a site for the younger naturalist perhaps! That said, I enjoyed a pleasant hour here and found much to interest me.  

Chalbury Hill

50.653465109941, -2.434514010416
Site of Scientific Interest
2
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
B3

Calcareous Grassland

15
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

15
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

12
H2

Saltmarsh

11
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A2

Scrub

7
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
CG02

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

15
CG01

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

13
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

12
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

12
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

12
MG05

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

11
CG07

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

11
CG10

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

10
W08

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

8
W09

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

8
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14-06-17

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The number of species recorded per species group: