Grid ref: 455 590 / Area: 93 hectares
The spectacular views across North Somerset and the Mendips made Dolebury Warren the natural choice for an imposing Iron Age hill fort. Today a fascinating and unusual mixture of wildflowers carpets the grassy ramparts and hill slopes, attracting rare butterflies.
to get there
Alternatively, follow the A38 southwards from Churchill village. Take first left turn after traffic lights into Dolebury Bottom. Please drive slowly along lane and park in small car park. Follow footpaths to summit. (There is an alternative car park on the north side of the reserve.)
On sunny days, you may spot many butterflies, including small blues and marbled whites. Late May to August is the best time to see wildflowers and butterflies, but the spectacular views and feeling of wildness can be enjoyed whatever the season. Anthills are very visible, and adders, badgers, foxes and rabbits are found here.
Since myxomatosis killed many rabbits, scrub has invaded the site, shading out grassland plants. The Trust is checking its spread by hand clearance and controlled sheep grazing from April to December.
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