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The Dumps


Also known as the 'Tinnies'; the site is an old lead mine that is now used for mountain biking. It is the most biodiverse part of the Downs due to its extremely varied habitat. Being in a sunken, undulating area; the 'Dumps' is naturally warmer than the surrounding area because it is sheltered from the wind. This makes it an ideal warm micro climate for the rich plant life and many insects (including Marbled White Butterflies) to thrive. A population of Pigmy Shrew live here and I've even recorded a Kestrel. Habitat includes grassy slumps, rocky outcrops, scrub, secondary woodland and dry ditches.


This area is coming under increasing pressure from dog walkers and party going gangs of people, who trample and ruin the flora!


Here is a map showing this place: