Windmill Hill

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Dog on a lead
Volunteer Group
One of the best remaining limestone grasslands in the county with wildflowers and butterflies to add interest to your country walk.


Nr North Littleton
WR11 8QS
A static map of Windmill Hill

Know before you go

6 hectares

Parking information

Park on roadside opposite entrance; take care due to busy traffic and poor visibility.

Grazing animals

Cattle and sheep


Please shut gates, please keep to the waymarked paths. Steep slopes and stiles.


On a lead

When to visit

Opening times

Dawn to dusk

Best time to visit

All year round

About the reserve

With excellent views of the Avon Valley, this scrubby grassland has been maintained by grazing for centuries and supports a rich community of wildlife. The open grassland is dotted with lime-loving plants such as twayblade, bee orchid, common-spotted orchid, bird’s-foot trefoil, dog violet, cowslip, fairy flax, field scabious, common knapweed, wild liquorice and common and spiny restharrow.

The reserve is important for butterflies including marbled white, brown argus (rare and in low numbers), small skipper, common blue, meadow brown, small tortoiseshell and small heath. 

Visitors should lookout for old anthills and the herbs such as wild thyme that grow on them. Scrubby areas on Windmill Hill consist of flowering hawthorn and blackthorn that provide early nectar for hoverflies and other insects.  The mix of grassland, shrubs and trees also help provide cover for willow warbler and chiffchaff.  Kestrels are often seen hunting the open hillside for small mammals.

Contact us

David Molloy
Contact number: 01905 754919

Environmental designation

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)

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