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Purbeck's landscapes and habitats

Find out about the different types of landscapes and habitats found in Purbeck.

Thousands of years of management by people have shaped Purbeck's landscape, and archaeological features such as field systems, stone walls, hill forts and castles give clues to how our ancestors lived.

Management by the people who live and work in Purbeck is still required to ensure that this thriving countryside is maintained.

  • Clouded yellow butterfly on Upton Heath. Credit Andy Fale Purbeck's heathland

    Heathland is a unique and special habitat. Over 5% of the UK's heathland is found in Purbeck.

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