Nature in Andover

Danebury Iron Age Hillfort

Many local people will know of Danebury Iron Age Hillfort used by people regularly for strolls, with great views of the surrounding countryside. The site dates from the 6 th century BC and is near Stockbridge. As well as being an archaeological site, it is also important for wildlife the site being both a local nature reserve and an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Importance).

The sloping and undulating hills of the fort are ideal habitat for Britain’s butterflies and have many important colonies. The Chalk-hill blue occasionally graces this site, once very common the population has now declined. One butterfly you can still see on occasion that is pleasing to the eye, is the metallic green hairstreak. You would think this would make it stand out, but it is a master of camouflage. Another infrequent, but incredibly beautiful butterfly that visits the site is the clouded yellow, a migratory butterfly that travels across Europe to grace us with its presence.

The sloping and undulating hills of the fort are ideal habitat for Britain’s butterflies and have many important colonies. The Chalk-hill blue occasionally graces this site, once very common the population has now declined. One butterfly you can still see on occasion that is pleasing to the eye, is the metallic green hairstreak. You would think this would make it stand out, but it is a master of camouflage. Another infrequent, but incredibly beautiful butterfly that visits the site is the clouded yellow, a migratory butterfly that travels across Europe to grace us with its presence.

Songbirds also grace the site; you can often hear the melodic sounds of skylarks and the tap tapping of the resident woodpeckers as you stroll through the countryside.

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