Prestbury Hill is a 31 hectare reserve consisting of two areas of limestone grassland, high on the Cotswold scarp slope, east of Cheltenham. Most of the reserve area is unimproved limestone grassland with abundant herb-rich flora and associated wildlife. The thin soils, sheltered valleys, woodland edges, abandoned quarries and low scrub all contribute to this diversity. Its steep slopes and difficult terrain mean it escaped agricultural intensification.
The site lists Duke of Burgundy and Dark Green Fritillary among many other limestone-loving butterfly species
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By road: the Reserve is on the Cotswold escarpment north-east of Cheltenham, along the narrow lane from Aggs Hill and Whittington leading to the Radio Masts and southern entrance to Cleeve Common. The Reserve can only be reached from the south either from the A40 via Whittington or alternatively through Cheltenham. The access lane is single-track and a dead-end with restricted turning area. It is unsuitable for large vehicles such as coaches.
The car park is free.
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
RPS Members Free, non-RPS £5
If the event shows as Full please contact email@example.com to arrange an alternative date
- Duncan Locke
- Venue Information
Prestbury Hill Butterfly Conservation Reserve
Near Cleeve Common
GL54 4EU (nearest)