Stockbridge Down

The bronze age burial mound at Stockbridge Down, Mottisfont, Hampshire

You can find breathtaking views and spot a variety of wildlife at Stockbridge Down.

A chalk hill supporting grassland, areas of scrub and partially wooded margins, the habitat diversity of Stockbridge Down is hugely beneficial to local wildlife. Possessing the remains of an Iron Age hill fort, earthworks and around 14 Bronze Age burial mounds, this is also a site of importance for archaeology, as well as nature conservation.

Help us care for the countryside

Please be aware that camping is not permitted on Stockbridge Down, and it's not suitable for bikes. You can help us look after the countryside by closing gates behind you, keeping dogs under control, not using barbecues or campfires, taking all rubbish home and leaving no trace of your visit. If you find the car park full, please come back another time - please don't park on the verges, as this blocks the view of the road. Thank you.

Managing the Down

A flock of Wiltshire Horn sheep at Stockbridge Down, Hampshire

Conservation grazing on Stockbridge Down 

We carry out conservation grazing on Stockbridge Down, which helps prevent scrub from taking over the chalk grassland areas. This allows for a greater variety of plant species, which benefits the local wildlife. The results of our conservation grazing are on display with carpets of colourful wildflowers.

Restoring the landscape

Due to the decline of juniper in southern England, the juniper population of Stockbridge is of high importance. Juniper has declined due to changes in land management after WWII and previously uncontrolled grazing of livestock, deer and rabbits throughout the country.

Unlike most tree species, juniper trees are either male or female, needing at least one of each within the area in order to create new seedlings. The seedlings also need bare soil in order to grow, and so can be easily shaded out by other plants.

We manage our juniper by clearing the scrub around the base of each tree, to prevent overcrowding and subsequent losses from over shading.

Walking on the Down

Hawthorn blossom in foreground, field with path and trees beyond.

Stockbridge Down 

Over 40 species of butterfly thrive at Stockbridge Down - it's a wildlife oasis. Many of these are already making an appearance by late spring, such as dingy and grizzled skippers. You can enjoy them on our 1.5 mile downloadable walk across this ancient chalk downland full of wildflowers. The panoramic views from the top take you as far as Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire.

Dog walking on a lead

Professional dog walking on the Mottisfont estate 

Obtaining a license for professional dog walking across the Mottisfont and South West Hampshire estate will allow you to undertake your work in one of the area's more picturesque settings - whatever the season.