Badbury Rings

 

Chalkhill Blue (male), Badbury Rings

Chalkhill Blue (male), Badbury Rings

A superb area of chalk down that has survived largely unchanged for over two thousand years. The Iron Age hill fort stands 100m high with 3 sets of ditches and ramparts. The ditches and slopes have created a range of habitats ranging from the more exposed to the very warm and sheltered. In Spring and early summer the site contains a wide range of Orchids including many of the rarer species. In Summer the sheer quantity of Butterflies and other insects amongst the flower rich downs is staggering.
Chalkhill Blue on a seedhead.

Chalkhill Blue on a seedhead.

Herb rich chalk downs on the ramparts of Badbury Rings
Restricted to the chalk downs of southern England in common with the related Large Blue its lifecycle is entirely dependent upon being raised by ants. Herb rich chalk downs on the ramparts of the Iron Age hill fort.
Marbled White

Marbled White on Hawkbit

Another butterfly associated with unimproved grassland. Again largely confined to southern England.
Chalk downs at Badbury Rings Rampart and ditch

Western, outer rampart in summer.

Rampart and ditch