The tiny fragments of Dorset grassland that remain rich in wildlife are widely scattered, mirroring the underlying geology. They range from ancient pasture in the clay vales to the herb-strewn turf of the chalk downland, from a handful of precious patches of acid grassland on the rim of the eastern heaths, to traditional meadows like those at Kingcombe in the west of the county – an amazing survival of ancient habitats – as well as road verges and churchyards. Dorset’s downs, meadows and pastures provide a home for some of our best-loved plants and animals – the skylark, early purple orchid, delightfully named corky-fruited water dropwort, and great drifts of cowslips on the downland slopes.
Part of an outstanding series of five books examining the main wildlife habitats found in Dorset. All written by leading local experts. Full colour photographs throughout. Each book is card backed, 8″ x 5″ & approximately 80 pages.