Wessex Hillforts and Habitats Project
The Wessex Hillforts and Habitats Project is striving to deliver a step change in how we care for nature and history across Dorset and Wiltshire's hillforts, whilst also inspiring communities and volunteers to connect with heritage and nature.
" A huge thank you to all of our volunteers, staff and partners who are working hard to help nature thrive, whilst looking after these historic sites of important archaeological interest, for everyone to enjoy."
Hillforts involved in the project
A hidden gem, with an extraordinary bluebell carpet in the spring.
Sweeping views across the Marshwood Vale to the Jurassic Coast.
Dominating the surrounding landscape, with its precious turf and ancient hillfort.
Perched high above a meander on the River Stour, this superb hillfort has the greatest views over rural Dorset.
Layers of history in a landscape.
The highest, quietest and most remote place in the county.
Pilsdon Pen and Lewesdon Hill, known as the Cow and Calf to sailors, were used as a navigation aid.
Rich in cultural history, flora and fauna, the rings sit 100 metres above sea level and offer sweeping views across Dorset.
Distinctive landmark rich in wildlife and archaeology with a tremendous panorama.
Neolithic and Iron Age site rich in wildlife, offering sweeping views of surrounding countryside.
Park Hill Camp
An Iron Age hill fort constructed in two phases. The interior six acres are surrounded by a system of ditches and banks and when originally dug the ditches would have been more than two yards deeper.
A designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, rich in pre-history, with 11 scheduled ancient monuments.
" This regional project has provided an opportunity to really focus on how best to look after our hillforts in Wessex. We set ourselves some stretching goals and have been creative in their delivery."
Partnerships and funding
A Special Partnership with Historic England is helping everyone connect with the archaeology, beauty and nature on our extraordinary Wessex hillforts. Their generous grant to the project of £114,000 has enabled us to deliver our shared goals to help improve people’s lives by championing the natural and historic environment. The project has also benefited from grants from the People’s Postcode Lottery - Postcode Earth Trust, and South Dorset Leader fund in 2019.
" The project has effectively challenged the way we look after our hillforts and set us on a sustainable path for the future. It is the fully funded hillfort management plans that underpin this process. A great success!"
For more information on the Wessex Hillforts and Habitats Project
Please contact Marie McLeish (Project Manager): firstname.lastname@example.org or Ruth Worsley (Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer): email@example.com