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Cranborne Chase Downs & Woodlands

South West England

View of the Cranborne Chase Downs and Woodland IPA © Joe Dunckley /Creative Commons NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic license

Location: Around the village of Tollard Royal on the B3081, l7 miles south-east of Shaftesbury, in south Wiltshire.

Grid reference: ST 945 175

Cranborne Chase derives from an ancient hunting forest, and includes remnants of enclosed medieval coppice, commonland wood pasture and 19th century hazel plantation.

The ground flora is exceptionally rich in plants closely associated with ancient woodland.

The Chase is one of the richest sites for lichens in southern England, with over 160 lichens recorded.


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Further information

For additional scientific information on why the Cranborne Chase Downs & Woodlands have been identified as an IPA, including details of existing protection, landuse and threats to the site please click here.