Grassland habitats on gently sloping ground, in the quiet Dundridge valley near Bishops Waltham


About the site

Dundridge Local Nature Reserve consists of hay meadows with species rich hedgerows, chalk downland and ancient woodland.

The site is designated as a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). Paths lead from Bishop's Waltham town to the hamlet of Dundridge and the Hampshire Bowman Pub. Rustic benches on the down offer visitors a chance to sit and enjoy the view across the Dundridge valley.

The down is managed to control the scrub and keep the chalk grassland species. Greater Knapweed, Field Scabious and Common-Spotted Orchids can all be found here, and there is a spectacular display of Cowslips in early spring. Buckthorn and spindle are common in the hedges, both are typical chalk species. Buckthorn is the food plant for the Brimstone butterfly which lays its eggs on the leaves. The pink berries of spindle are very attractive in the autumn. While toxic to humans a range of creatures including mice and birds eat them.


Contact us

South Area Office, Ranger Depot, Pylands Lane, Southampton SO31 1BH

Phone 023 8040 2534