Perryfields Nature Reserve
The smallest of Portland's redundant quarries now nature reserves but well worth a visit nonetheless.
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Perryfields Nature Reserve: small but beautiful -
Perryfields is one of two nature reserves managed by the Dorset branch of Butterfly Conservation on Portland; the other, Broadcroft Quarry, is close by and is much bigger. Perryfields is also quite close to an active quarry which makes it a bit noisier and dustier! That said, do not be put off visiting, Perryfields is a reserve well worth seeing.
Like most other reserves on Portland, Perryfields is a dissued quarry that nature has been allowed to recolonise. Nature is now given a helping hand here by Butterfly Conservation to ensure flowers and grasses are not totally overrun by scrub and tree regeneration. As a result a summer time visit will be rewarded with a display of wildflowers that are readily frequented by butterflies and other insects in search of nectar.
Perryfields is not a big reserve so if you are thinking of paying it a visit why not tie your trip in with one of the other nature reserves on Portland or perhaps a trip down to the bill. Portland is a special place for wildlife.
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Arrhenatherum elatius [False Oat-grass] grassland
Fraxinus excelsior - Acer campestre - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Field Maple/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Quercus robur - Pteridium aquilinum - Rubus fruticosus [Pedunculate Oak/Bracken/Bramble] woodland
Fraxinus excelsior - Sorbus aucuparia - Mercurialis perennis [Ash/Rowan/Dog's Mercury] woodland
Bromopsis erecta [Upright Brome] grassland
Festuca ovina - Calluna vulgaris [Sheeps Fescue/Ling] grassland
Festuca ovina - Helictotrichon pratense [Sheep's Fescue/Meadow Oat-grass] grassland
Helictotrichon pubescens [Downy Oat-grass] grassland
Festuca ovina - Pilosella officinarum - Thymus polytrichum [Sheeps Fescue/Mouse-ear hawkweed/Wild Thyme] grassland
Crataegus monogyna - Hedera helix [Hawthorn/Ivy] scrub