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Dolebury Warren

The site of an Iron Age hill fort, now a haven for wildflowers and butterflies

Spectacular views across North Somerset and the Mendips made Dolebury Warren the natural choice for an imposing Iron Age hill fort, built 3000 years ago. Today, wildflowers carpet the grassy ramparts and hill slopes, attracting rare butterflies.

 

Wildlife

You will find small scabious, early purple orchid and eyebright flower in the limestone grassland which covers the summit and slopes. The unusual mixture of wildflowers makes this a nationally important site for wildlife. 'Lime-loving' plants like rockrose flourish alongside such 'acid-loving' plants as bell heather, which survive on patches of acidic sand blown onto the site during the ice age.

 

Late May to August is the best time to see wildflowers and butterflies, including small blues and marbled whites, but the spectacular views will be enjoyed whatever the season.

The visible remains of Dolebury's past include the imposing double ramparts of an Iron Age hill fort and a medieval rabbit warren.

 

Dolebury Warren is an SSSI. Avon Wildlife Trust manage the site, t is owned by the National Trust and managed by Avon Wildlife Trust.

 

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Species and habitats

Habitats
Grassland

Nearby nature reserves

GB Gruffy
2 miles - Somerset Wildlife Trust
Lots Grassland (Mendip)
2 miles - Somerset Wildlife Trust
Cheddar Wood Edge
3 miles - Somerset Wildlife Trust

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Reserve information

Location
Near to the village of Churchill, and the A38/A368 crossroads
Churchill
North Somerset
Map reference
ST 455 589
Great for...
butterflies
fungi
getting away from it all
historical interest
reptiles
spring flowers
stunning views
wildflowers
Best time to visit
May - Aug
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Opening Times
Open at all times
Size
89.91 hectares
Access
Yes

Very steep access, steps and paths can be muddy. Strenuous in places. No suitable access for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Walking information
Some gravelled paths and steps, but strenuous in places. No suitable access for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
Parking
Small car park off Doleburrow Lane, near main reserve entrance. If busy, it can be hard to turn around in the lane, so it is not suitable for very large vechicles. The lane can also get very muddy in winter.
Dogs
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
yes
Reserve manager
Avon Wildlife Trust
Tel: 0117 917 7270
Avon Wildlife Trust

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