A fascinating site, showing man's impact on the land and how it can be good (as well as bad) for wildlife. Tout used to be a quarry. Since it has ceased to be dug, the land has reverted to the 'wild', with the quarry areas forming some wonderful micro-climates, often significantly warmer than the surrounding land. This can be good for butterflies, which need to be warm to fly.
For more info visit:
Official Portland Tout website
What to see
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Entrance to Tout. Photo: Lawrie de Whalley
Part of Tout Quarry. Photo: Lawrie de Whalley
View from Portland Tout quarry. Photo: muffinn via Flickr CC BY 2.0
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council