Marsh Friltillary By Duncan Locke ARPS

Prestbury Hill, Gloucestershire

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Event info

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

More information:

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Getting there:

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.

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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

RPS Members Free, non-RPS £5


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Event Organiser

Duncan Locke


Venue Information

Car Park.

No facilities

Cancellation policy

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


Prestbury Hill Butterfly Conservation Reserve

Near Cleeve Common


GL54 4EU (nearest)