What's special about Pepperbox Hill?
Not only is this a haven for nature, but it also has wonderful views (you can see Salisbury Cathedral on a clear day) and its a place where you can escape the hubbub of modern life for a few hours.
Pepperbox Hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the long-term management processes help support species-rich wildflowers, invertebrates, birds and mammals.
Surrounding the folly is a diverse habitat, produced by the scrub-grassland mosaic, supporting several rare or uncommon species including orchids, juniper and yew woodland.
Like many grassland and scrub/wood environments, the primary method of habitat management is grazing with livestock. Conservation grazing is a traditional, environmentally sound and sustainable method for managing the site. It prevents the development of rank vegetation and successional scrub and improves and increases the diverse habitat. The cattle help to open up the sites by grazing all kinds of vegetation and their grazing helps reduce the vigour of the more dominant grasses and herbs in favour of the a much more diverse range of chalk grassland flowers.
The adjacent chalk downland is a significant site in Wiltshire for rare butterfly species, including the duke of burgundy.
The best time to visit is in late spring when you'll be surrounded by wildflowers and butterflies, with the breathtaking views, tranquility and abundance of nature, it's the perfect spot for a picnic or a walk.
Commanding the high point on the chalk ridge south-east of Salisbury, Pepperbox Hill is topped by an early example of a brick folly. Thought to have been built by Giles Eyre of Brickworth House, it may have served as a viewpoint for ladies following the hunt, a haunt for highwaymen and a lookout post for the home guard.