High Clear Down

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High Clear Down: An exceptional example of traditionally managed chalk downland. In the absence of artificial fertilisers and pesticides, wildflowers such as the rare early gentian and certain orchids and associated butterflies thrive.


Wildlife found here includes flowers such as early gentian, green-winged and fragrant orchids, squiancywort, chalk milkwort. Butterflies such as Duke of Burgundy and moths such as Forester and Wood Tiger. Summer is the best time to visit.

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outh east of Swindon, near the village of Aldbourne. From Aldbourne proceed along B41292 towards Swindon for 0.75 miles. On reaching barn on left hand side of road, turn left and walk along track (byway). Take left fork, signed to Snap and Ridgeway. Reserve entrance (kissing gate) reached after 1.5 mile walk along rough tracks.

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Free

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