The Blackdown Hills support a wide range of semi-natural habitats. The pattern of these habitats is closely linked with the area’s geology and topography. Many of them are of national importance.
Here is just a small selection of the special habitats and species found in the Blackdown Hills:
Grasslands, Heathland and Mire:
Barn owl, heath spotted orchid, marbled white butterfly, corky fruited water dropwort.
Hay meadows and other grasslands:
Green winged orchid, gatekeeper butterfly, birds foot trefoil.
Lowland heathland and wet heath:
Ling heather, lousewort, green hairstreak butterfly, nightjar.
Ash, hazel, dormouse, common lizards.
Grey willow, king cup, siskin.
Ancient broad-leaved woodlands:
Pendunculate oak, stinking iris, purple hairsteak butterfly.
Rivers and streams:
Kingfisher, otter and Daubenton’s bat
For more detailed information about the wildlife of the Blackdown Hills, download the Management Plan or contact the AONB office.
For information about Biodiversity Action Plan priority habitats, nature reserves and agri-environment schemes, see http://www.natureonthemap.org.uk/