Our work at Cadbury Camp
We have entered into a Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) agreement with Natural England to help us manage this important site. The main aims of a stewardship agreement are to conserve wildlife and maintain biodiversity, to maintain and enhance landscape quality and character, to protect the historic environment and natural resources and to promote public access and understanding of the countryside. Find out more about what this means.
Removing trees from the hillfort
The main areas of work at Cadbury Camp are to remove trees, particularly Turkey oaks which are growing on the earthworks of the Iron Age hillfort. The aim is to restore the species-rich limestone grassland, to control the bracken and to maintain the woodland areas.
The limestone grassland at Cadbury Camp is herb-rich, contains some rare plants and is of high nature conservation value. The best way to manage this grassland is by grazing.
Grazing animals eat selectively and often choose the more dominant plants, which allows less competitive plants to become established and increases diversity. As they graze across the landscape, the animals decide for themselves where to concentrate their efforts and create a mosaic of different grass lengths and micro habitats. The animals do, however, need our help when it comes to bracken, which we cut to stop it from taking over.
The scrub, within and around the woodlands, adds structural diversity and provides feeding and nesting habitats for birds, insects and mammals. There are also a number of rare and uncommon plants which can be found here, such as the greater butterfly orchid and early purple orchid.
We aim to increase diversity of some of the woodland areas through careful management.
The gentle grass banks of Cadbury Camp are not a natural feature of the landscape but were created by man and once lived in by ancestors about whom there are only a few clues.
Sweeping views can be found from the top of Cadbury Camp with buzzards circling overhead, amazing sunsets, wild flowers in spring and a variety of fungi in autumn.
We believe that nature, beauty and history are for everyone. That’s why we’re supporting wildlife, protecting historic sites and more. Find out about our work.
Read about our strategy 'For everyone, for ever' here at the National Trust, which will take the organisation through to 2025.