Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Stunning scenery, fascinating geology, and superb (but challenging in places) walking and the rare Lulworth skipper

 

Site Name Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
Protection
  • Open Access
  • Site of Scientific Interest
Interest
3
County Dorset
More Information https://lulworth.com/visit/places-to-visit/lulworth-cove/
SSSI https://designatedsites.naturalengland.org.uk/SiteDetail.aspx?SiteCode=S1002501…
Site Projects
Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove: home of the Lulworth skipper -

Stunning scenery, fascinating geology and superb (but challenging in places) walking make Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door internationally renowned and it is always busy with tourists who come in by the coach load! The Heritage Centre by the main car park is worth a visit to learn more about the Jurassic coast and the geology of the Purbeck coast.

The whole area is privately owned so expect to pay for parking and expect other small attractions to part you from your cash! I guess we locals tend to steer clear of this honeypot, especially in season, which is a shame as we undoubtedly miss out on the wild flowers and insects that abound here. One does not have to only walk the coastal paths there are some paths further in land that still give excellent views and also reveal more species of flowers and insects along the hedgerows. Newlands Farm, in particular, has some excellent unspoilt fields full of weeds later in the summer.

In summer, when walking on the cliffs by Durdle Door, look out for the local speciality butterfly, the Lulworth Skipper. This is its home.  

Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove

50.6185169191, -2.2537195253767
Open Access, Site of Scientific Interest
3
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
J1

Cultivated/disturbed land

15
B3

Calcareous Grassland

14
A1.1

Broad-leaf Woodland

12
H6

Sand Dunes

12
H8

Maritime cliff and slope

12
A1.3

Mixed Woodland

10
B2

Neutral Grassland

9
B5

Marsh/marshy Grassland

8
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

21
MG05

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

19
W10

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

13
CG02

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

12
CG03

Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland

12
CG06

Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland

11
W08

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

11
MG06

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

11
MG07

Lolium perenne [Perennial ryegrass] and related species grassland

11
W09

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

10
Site Notables
Site Diary
Diary Date Notes Project Click for records and photos
15-07-12

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The number of species recorded per species group:
Title No of Species Recorded
Flowering Plants 107
Insects & other inverts 20
Birds 18
Molluscs 2
Non-flowering Plants 1