A 26.6 hectare area of chalk grassland at Cley Hill was notified as a biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in 1975. The land is owned and managed by the National Trust, having been gifted to the charity in 1954 by the 6th Marquess of Bath
There is a legend that the hill was formed by the devil, when he dropped a sack of earth with which he had planned to bury the town of Devizes. He had retrieved the earth from Somerset and was travelling to Devizes when he stopped to ask an old man the distance to the town. The man replied that he had been walking for years to reach Devizes, so the devil abandoned his plan.
- English Nature citation sheet for the site (accessed 11 August 2006)
- "...while we bet this hill's a devil to climb (From Wiltshire Times)". Wiltshire Times. 9 June 2006. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
- English Nature website (SSSI information)
- SSSI boundary at English Nature's "Nature on the Map" website
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