Gallows Hill SSSI, Wiltshire
|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
View towards Gallows Hill
|Area||27.8 hectares (69 acres)|
Gallows Hill SSSI is a Site of Special Scientific Interest on the north side of the Ebble Valley in south Wiltshire. The area is chalk grassland and scrub which contains a number of animal and plant species that are nationally rare. The 27.8 hectares (69 acres) site was notified in 1965.
The site includes three areas of a series of slopes with a range of aspects on a long ridge on a long ridge of Lower, Middle, and Upper Chalk formations. The site lies within the area of the Cranborne Chase and West Wiltshire Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The OS grid reference for the site is ST 952 244.
The site is notable for (in the grassland areas) Festuca ovina (sheep's fescue), Avenula pratensis (meadow oat-grass), Brachypodium pinnatum (tor-grass), and Polyommatus bellargus (Adonis Blue) - a nationally scarce species of butterfly, and in the scrub areas, Crataegus monogyna (common hawthorn), and Hedera helix (ivy).