Willingdon Down

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Willingdon Down
Site of Special Scientific Interest
From Butts Brow, looking down to Willingdon - geograph.org.uk - 523498.jpg
Area of SearchEast Sussex
Grid referenceTQ 577 022[1]
InterestBiological
Area67.5 hectares (167 acres)[1]
Notification1986[1]
Location mapMagic Map

Willingdon Down is a 67.5-hectare (167-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest west of Willingdon, a suburb of Eastbourne in East Sussex.[1][2] Part of it is a Neolithic causewayed enclosure which is a Scheduled Monument[3]

This steeply sloping site on the South Downs is species-rich chalk grassland, a nationally uncommon type of habitat. The dominant grasses are sheep’s fescue and upright brome and uncommon plants include field fleawort, bee orchid, round headed rampion, green winged orchid and burnt orchid.[4]

The site is public open access land.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Designated Sites View: Willingdon Down". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Map of Willingdon Down". Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Neolithic causewayed enclosure on Combe Hill". Historic England. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Willingdon Down citation" (PDF). Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Natural England. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Eastbbourne Downland Management Plan" (PDF). Eastbourne borough Council. 2012. p. 38. Retrieved 27 January 2019.

Coordinates: 50°47′53″N 0°14′10″E / 50.798°N 0.236°E / 50.798; 0.236