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This ancient site was used by Bronze Age inhabitants as a burial ground, and the characteristic burial mounds (barrows) still remain. Today, the rolling grasslands are appreciated by visitors both for their archeological significance and for the diverse selection of wild flowers and butterflies that inhabit them. Over 150 plant species have been recorded in the reserve, including horseshoe vetch, chalk milkwort, fragrant orchid, the delicate blue harebell and the purple-blue clustered bellflower. Notable butterflies spotted in the area include the nationally rare marsh fritillary, the chalkhill blue, small blue and the brown argus.
Parking is available on an unsurfaced car park at the reserve. The reserve is just under 2 miles walk from the Ridgeway National Trail.