Wildlife Sites of Aldbourne

Aldbourne is blessed with abundance of wildlife and this is not just in the rolling chalk downland or ancient woodland but it is also right in the gardens, greenspaces and even house eves of the village itself.  Below are some of the exciting places which have their own special wildlife.

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Gardens and greenspace
Blue hearts

Our rural setting, gardens and greenspaces provide a patchwork of habitat that is home to amazing wildlife from garden birds to moths and bees our green village is buzzing with life.  Check out Carbon Neutral Aldbourne and their initiative to make the most of these spaces for wildlife through the blue heart campaign.  Find out more...

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Four Barrows and surrounding downland

As a downland village we are surrounded by rolling chalk grassland and we are lucky to have plants, butterflies and birds which are scarce elsewhere in the UK.  Four Barrows walk leaves from beside the church and is particularly good for corn buntings.  Find out more...

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Love's Copse bluebells and woodland

Woodland around Aldbourne is fairly fragmented but if you want your fix of gorgeous woodlands the best bet is Love's Copse which is just a short walk towards Ramsbury where you will find ancient coppice woodland with world-class blankets of bluebells in Spring.  Find out more...

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Palmer's Field and Southward triangle

Within the village itself is Palmer's Field and nearby Southward triangle.  WIth big skies and big views this is a great site to se buzzards and red kites but nearer the ground Palmer's field has good numbers of Pyramidal and Bee Orchids in late spring/early summer.  Southward Triangle is great for hedgerow birds and is a great  place to spot the colourful bullfinch.  Find out more....

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High Clear Down

Located towards the northern end of the parish, and a moderate but lovely walk from the village, is High Clear Down which is a Wiltshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve protecting a slice of ancient chalk grassland harbouring rare plants, such as the Early Gentian, and butterflies, including not only the nationally scarce Duke if Burgundy but also no fewer than 4 species of blue; Adonis, Common, Chalkhill and Small.  Find out more...

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St Michael's Church

Prominently located at the top of the green St Michael's Church is a focal point for community life but is also a rich natural community with mature trees, rough grass verges, sun drenched banks and a vantage point for our resident peregrines to watch over us from.  The church actively manages their land to promote the wildlife showcasing the both the wonders and tranquillity of creation. Find out more...