What to expect
At Winterbourne Downs we're re-creating species-rich chalk grassland. It's a nationally important habitat but in this area, much of it has been lost. The reserve will form an important link between the extensive grasslands of Salisbury Plain and Porton Down. These grasslands are managed to provide a safe haven for breeding stone-curlews, a bird typical of this area but which is under threat. The reserve is still a working farm, and some of the land is being kept in arable production for the benefit of farmland birds. From the nature trail in the spring you may see skylarks, lapwings, yellowhammers, linnets and grey partridges. In winter, large flocks of finches and buntings gather to feed on the wild bird seed mixes. Facilities: picnic area, car parking.