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OS map 130 Grid ref: SU11 1248, postcode SP5 4NA

  • Not suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs
  • RADAR keys can be used on kissing gates for mobility scooters.
  • Dogs on leads are welcome
  • 70.6 hectares

map of nature reserve

Download the project leafletfor more information on walking routes.

What can be seen here?

Visit in late May and early June for a display of wildflowers, including delicate harebells, bee orchid, devil’s-bit scabious and Wiltshire’s county flower - the burnt orchid. Yellowhammer, goldfinch, and skylarks are here. In the summer months the chalk downland comes alive with butterflies such as Adonis blue, chalkhill blue, dingy skipper and marbled white.

Marbled white on field scabious © Steve Day Sheep with lamb © Barry Craske Wasp spider © Steve Day Harebell © Rob Large

Tell me more

Coombe Bissett is the farm base for our southern reserves. Cattle and sheep are bred here to provide conservation grazing on our nature reserves. The reserve is sectioned by fencing – this lets us graze areas differently for varying species. Volunteers help to prevent scrub from encroaching.

Visit the project microsite to discover more

You can find out more about improvements to the reserve and join our Friends of Coombe Bissett Down group by emailing us at [email protected] 

How can I get here?

Download directions to Coombe Bissett Down