Rolling hills

Hod Hill. Photo: Carole Drake

Hod Hill is a large hill fort in the Blackmore Vale, 3 miles north-west of Blandford Forum. The fort sits on a 143 m chalk hill of the same name that lies between the adjacent Dorset Downs and Cranborne Chase. There are fine views from the top.

31 species of butterfly have been seen here. A good site for orchids.

For more info visit: Official Hod Hill website

Habitat and features

Flowery chalk banks and woodland edge.

What to see

Butterflies

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Moths

Six-spot Burnet, Burnet Companion

Other species

Yellowhammer

Photo gallery

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Ownership

National Trust

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