Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

Wildlife on the slopes and wonderful views from the top.

 
 

Site Name Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)
Protection
  • Open Access
Interest
2
County Dorset
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Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

Purbeck Ridge: East Hill or Challows Hill -

Walks along the Purbeck Ridge always give superb views in all directions and East Hill, also known as Challows Hill, is no exception. Being where the ridge continues eastwards from Corfe Castle to Ballard Down and Old Harry you get a birds-eye view of the castle at Corfe, a different perspective than the view you get from the bottom! Good views from high vantage points come at a cost of course, you have to climb to the top to get your reward. If you tackle East Hill from the village of Corfe Castle you have to endure a steep climb up more than 300 steps to the top. Alternatively, you can walk (or drive) a short distance up the road under the railway bridge to a gate on the left and a well made path that is less demanding as it climbs along the slope rather than straight up it! This does not give you the views at the top of the castle but walk back westwards along the ridge and you will come to the top of the steps and the view of the castle. It is easier going down the steps, but not much!

Sadly, much of the top of the ridge has been improved for grazing and there is not a lot of natural interest but the steep slopes of the ridge are not suited to grazing and that is where you will find the bulk of the flowers and associated insects.  If you can tackle the steps then a circular walk here is well worth it. There is a small car park at Challows Farm or you can park in the National Trust visitor centre car park and walk from there.    

Purbeck Ridge (Corfe East Hill)

50.641683106141, -2.0535838744282
Open Access
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
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

12
H6

Sand Dunes

11
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

7
A2

Scrub

7
J3

Built-up areas

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
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

15
MG05

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

14
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

13
W08

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

12
CG02

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

12
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

11
W09

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

10
CG07

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

10
CG10

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

10
MG06

Lolium perenne - Cynosurus cristatus [Perennial ryegrass/Crested dog's tail] grassland

10
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Site Diary
Project:
Diary Date Sort descending Notes Project Click for records and photos
13-06-17

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 72
Insects & other inverts 13
Birds 8
Fungi & Lichen 1