Bindon Hill

Beautiful views with beautiful flowers and beautiful butterflies but is best visited on beautiful days!

 

Site Name Bindon Hill
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County Dorset
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Bindon Hill

Bindon Hill: the chalkhill blues -

Bindon Hill marks the western end of the mainly chalk Purbeck Ridge which extends eastward through Corfe Castle and on to Ballard Down near Swanage. Bindon Hill towers over Lulworth Cove and once you get to the top of the hill you get wonderful views of the fantastic Purbeck coastline as well as the famous Cove itself. No matter what time of year, Bindon Hill is worth the climb although you can be pretty exposed to winter winds!

From a nature perspective Bindon is notable for its butterflies. It is home to number of scarce species and many of these can be seen in late summer. It is best known for the Lulworth skipper, its very own butterfly, although so far I have not managed to find one here! In addition the stunning and nationally scarce Adonis blue is common here along with the nationally declining beautiful chalkhill blue which is still present here. Add in the wall (brown) which has also declined nationally in recent years, grayling and brown argus and you have a cocktail for an excellent days butterfly watching if you visit at the end of August or early September.

Bindon Hill has its fair share of other naturalist's delights too but it is the butterflies and the views that make it special.  

Bindon Hill

50.618299136574, -2.2429049109431
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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
H6

Sand Dunes

17
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

14
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
A2

Scrub

9
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

8
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

8
E3

Fen and carr

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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
CG02

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

23
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

21
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

19
CG01

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

19
CG07

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

18
MG05

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

16
MG01

Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland

14
CG10

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

12
W08

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

10
W10

Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland

9
Site Notables
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29-08-13

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 83
Insects & other inverts 35
Birds 6
Molluscs 2
Fungi & Lichen 1