Bluebells at Perry Wood


Rich mosaics of habitats, plant and animal communities of national and local importance are supported, although many are isolated or fragmented in a modern agricultural landscape.

These include semi-natural chalk grassland and chalk scrub; ancient semi-natural woodland; chalk cliffs, foreshore and sea platform; chalk rivers and wet pasture; ponds and spring lines; heath and acid grassland; woodland pasture and ancient trees; and networks of linear features of species-rich hedgerows, flower-rich field margins and road verges.

Sensitive management and conservation of all these features is essential to the survival of the AONB’s important biodiversity heritage and landscape quality.