Prescombe Down – National Nature Reserve


Prescombe Down has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) for its species-rich chalk grassland and the adonis blue butterfly.

The area around Prescombe Down is great for walking and cycling and there are some lovely pubs and places to stop along the Chalke Valley.

It’s a botanically rich downland area with a deep forking valley system eroded into the chalk. It is also a Special Area of Conservation where early gentian – a rare annual plant – and butterflies and birds such as the grizzled skipper butterfly and the skylark can be found.

Natural England has information on the reserve and how to get there. Prescombe Down is near Ebbesbourne Wake and is on Regional Cycleway 20 (the Wiltshire Cycleway).