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Martin Down for Orchids and Butterflies

Event info

Martin Down is a 350 hectare lowland grassland reserve and is one of the largest areas of uninterrupted chalk downland in Britain.  It is home to an exceptional collection of plants, animals and butterflies associated with chalk downland and scrub habitats, including a number of rare or threatened species.

Notable plants found in the area include bastard toadflax, field fleawort, early gentian and lesser centaury. Twelve orchid species have also been identified, including burnt-tip, green-winged, greater butterfly and frog.  Brown Hares are found throughout the site.  Birds found at Martin Down include turtle dove, grey partridge, nightingale, skylark, yellowhammer and linnet. Hobby and quail may also be encountered and Montagu’s harrier and stone curlew sometimes visit the site.

Getting there:

By road:  take the A354 between Salisbury and Blandford Forum.  The main car park for Martin Down is on the left side of the road (travelling from Salisbury) about 10 miles from Salisbury.

The car park is free.

More information:

More information is available on the following websites:

https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryside/finder/martindown

http://www.purple-emperor.co.uk/martin-down

Practical matters:

09.30am meet in the car park.  If arriving late, call the Event Organiser on 07989 494232, to catch up with the group.

Please note that there are no facilities on site.  Please bring a packed lunch

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Event Organiser

Name
Duncan Locke

Location

Venue Information

No Facilities

Cancellation policy

Cancellation policy:

Refunds will not be given for cancellations within 14 days of the event.

Address

Martin Down National Nature Reserve Hampshire

A354 at between Salisbury and Blandford Forum

Hampshire

Salisbury

SP5 5RH

Website
Martin Down