Grassy area with hummocks, with trees behind

Badbury Rings. Photo: Peter Lister

As a hillfort, the site would have been built for defence, but nowadays the warm hollows provide a good butterfly habitat. Good views can be had from the high points. The long tall hedge running roughly east-west along the back of the site is often a sheltered and sunny stretch where many butterflies are to be found.

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Habitat and features

Chalk downland

What to see


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Other species

Many orchids.

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