Coast Path at Durlston looking east to Viewpoint. Photo: Brian Arnold
Durlston provides a combination of geography, geology, history and careful management which has created a mosaic of nationally important wildlife habitats: sea-cliffs, downs, ancient meadows, hedgerows, woodland even dry-stone walls each with their characteristic plants and animals. 35 species of butterfly have been seen here.
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Habitat and features
Limestone downland, scrub shelter, woodland, dry-stone walls, rocky shores and partly wooded cliffs.
What to see
Find the best Dorset sites for individual butterflies on our Species
Oak Rustic, Oleander Hawk Moth, Six-spot Burnet, Elephant Hawk Moth, Beautiful Gothic, Grass Eggar, Yellow Belle, Mother Shipton, Silver Y
Swallow, Sand Martin, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Skylark, Bottlenose dolphins
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Durlston Castle. Photo Brian Arnold
Clifftop to Lighthouse. Photo: Brian Arnold
Caravan Terrace. Photo: Brian Arnold
Spring flowers at Durlston. Photo: Brian Arnold
Coast Path looking west to lighthouse. Photo: Brian Arnold
View from Durlston. Photo: Brian Arnold.
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