A patch of countryside right on the doorstep with areas of woodland and species-rich chalk grassland.
The rich variety of woodland, scrub, grassland and downland favours many invertebrates especially butterflies and moths. A wealth of other wildlife has been recorded including over 60 species of birds and 200 types of wildflower. An area of unimproved chalk grassland, known as the Hangings, is particularly important and has been designated a Site of Nature Conservation Interest by the Dorset Wildlife Trust.
For picnics, exercise, wildlife or simply enjoying the superb views, the Milldown is greatly valued by local people.
|Look out for||
Clustered Bellflower and Pyramidal Orchid. Dingy Skipper, Common Blue and Small Copper butterflies. Jay and Bullfinch
|Habitats||Chalk grassland and woodland|
|Nearest bus stop||Milldown Road, Jubilee Way|
|Nearest train station||Gillingham (18 miles)|
|Grid reference||ST 884 076|
|Parking||Adjacent to the site|
|Managed by||Dorset Council (Area Greenspace Management Team - North)|
|How to get there||Main entrance off the B3082 opposite Milldown School. Other access points are from neighbouring housing estates and Tinpot Lane, Blandford.|