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Milldown, Blandford

A patch of countryside right on the doorstep with areas of woodland and species-rich chalk grassland.

The rich variety of woodland, scrub, grassland and downland favours many invertebrates especially butterflies and moths. A wealth of other wildlife has been recorded including over 60 species of birds and 200 types of wildflower. An area of unimproved chalk grassland, known as the Hangings, is particularly important and has been designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest by the Dorset Wildlife Trust.

For picnics, exercise, wildlife or simply enjoying the superb views, the Milldown is greatly valued by local people.
 

Nearest TownBlandford
Look out for

Clustered Bellflower and Pyramidal Orchid. Dingy Skipper, Common Blue and Small Copper butterflies. Jay and Bullfinch

HabitatsChalk grassland and woodland
Site designations

Site of Nature Conservation Interest, Local Nature Reserve and Green Flag Award

Nearest bus stopMilldown Road, Jubilee Way - information about bus services
Nearest train stationGillingham (18 miles) - information about train services

Grid reference

ST 884 076
Size15.58 hectares
ParkingAdjacent to the site
AccessibilityDisabled access
OwnerNorth Dorset District Council
Managed byDorset County Council (Area Greenspace Management Team - West)

How to get there

Main entrance off the B3082 opposite Milldown School. Other access points are from neighbouring housing estates and Tinpot Lane, Blandford.

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