Wooded valley

Fontmell Down. Photo: Ian Andrews (CC BY-SA 2.0)

This superb chalk downland site is a large valley of 145 acres. 31 species of butterfly are regularly recorded, plus 7 others seen at odd times. Site of Special Scientific Interest. Good for orchids.

For more info visit: Official Fontmell Down website

Habitat and features

Chalk downland.

What to see


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Barred Tooth-striped Moth, Mother Shipton, Burnet Companion, Wood Tiger, Five-spot Burnet, Six-spot Burnet

Other species

Yellowhammer, Skylark, Dormouse

Photo gallery

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National Trust

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