Corfe Castle Mound and River

Undisturbed chalk grassland and adjacent river with a wide array of flowers and grasses


Site Name Corfe Castle Mound and River
  • National Trust
County Dorset
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Corfe Castle Mound and River

Corfe Castle Mound and River: getting the hump -

If you are prepared to ignore the hundreds of visitors to the castle and are prepared for walking on some steep slopes then a visit to the mound that Corfe Castle stands on is well worth it if you are a botanist. Apart from sheep grazing most of the mound is undisturbed and has been for centuries and so a diverse array of flowers, grasses and insects can be found, especially in mid-summer.

To make a day out of it there is a very pleasant walk from the visitor centre by the main road, along the path by the river and then up to the village and the castle and then back around the mound. That is not too onerous a treck and can be walked at most times of year but the mound itself is a job for a nice day in summer when the flowers are at their best but the sides are steep!  

Corfe Castle Mound and River

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This table indicates how many species of each of five interest levels there are on this site. 100% are highly interesting species whereas 20% are common species that are of no specific interest. Click/tap an intetest level to see the species for that interest level:
Species Interest Level No of Species
60% 10
40% 45
20% 79
The number of species recorded per species group:
This is the number of species recorded on this site grouped by the Phase 1 habitat classification they are often associated with. It gives an overview of the type of habitats that MAY occur on this site. Click/tap a classification to see greater detail of the composition of habitat types within this class:
Phase 1 Habitat Classification No of Species
H: Coastal 42
B: Grassland 35
A: Woodland 23
D: Heath 23
J: Brownfield 12
C: Upland Habitats 7
F: Water Margin 7
E: Bog and Fen 6
I: Rock Exposure 2
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Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos