Path along the top of a cliff with sea to right

Coast Path looking west 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.

For more info visit: Official Durlston website

Habitat and features

Limestone downland, scrub shelter, woodland, dry-stone walls, rocky shores and partly wooded cliffs.

What to see


Adonis Blue, Brown Argus, Chalkhill Blue, Common Blue, Green Hairstreak, Holly Blue, Purple Hairstreak, Small Blue, Lulworth Skipper, Large Skipper, Dingy Skipper, Grizzled Skipper, Small Skipper, Dark Green Fritillary


Oak Rustic, Oleander Hawk Moth, Six-spot Burnet, Elephant Hawk Moth, Beautiful Gothic, Grass Eggar, Yellow Belle, Mother Shipton, Silver Y

Other species

Swallow, Sand Martin, Yellowhammer, Linnet, Skylark, Bottlenose dolphins

Photo gallery

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Dorset County Council