Whitesheet Hill - why so special
Today we look after this designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. The area is rich in pre-history, with 11 scheduled ancient monuments.
The chalk grassland of Whitesheet Hill is one of the country’s best examples of unimproved pasture. For centuries this land has been undisturbed by ploughing and has remained free from chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
The archaeological wonders of Whitesheet
Whitesheet Hill is archaeologically diverse, with a Neolithic enclosure dating from approximately 3,000 BC, an Iron Age hillfort and Bronze Age barrows covering the graves of wealthy people from 3,200-4,200 years ago.
Evidence suggests that pre-historic farmers met at the causewayed enclosure for markets, fairs or religious ceremonies. The hillfort is believed to have been a defensive structure.
Our management of Whitesheet Hill today
Whitesheet is a rich habitat for many species of wildlife. However the chalk grassland would quickly revert to coarse grass, scrub and trees if we did not carefully manage the site.
Working closely with local farmers, we have developed a flexible grazing regime to help maintain this valuable chalk grassland. We monitor the plant and animal species to ensure that diversity of wildlife is protected.