Portland Bill

Amazing rugged beauty on a warm summers day and awesome in a gale - a must visit for everyone.


Portland Bill: a walk on the wild side - Portland Bill has to be one of the top five sites in Dorset for wildlife and is a must for any keen nature enthusiast. The cliffs are home to nesting auks (including, apparently, a few puffins) and are regularly patrolled by peregrine falcons. The fields are full of interesting flowers in summer and insects, especially butterflies, abound. If sea watching is you thing then take your telescope and go spotting the shearwaters, petrels and other species that frequently pass the Bill, especially in winter. The Bill is also home to the Portland Bird Observatory where they do regular ringing of birds and some remarkable species have been trapped and ringed here, especially in migration periods in spring and autumn. Portland is a rough and ready place! It does not pretend to be anything special, what you see is what you get. Amazing rugged beauty on a warm summers day and awesome in a gale when you can hardly stand up and the sea is wild and crahing in on the rocks.  Despite being a visitor honey-pot in summer hardly anyone, other than bird watchers, venture beyond the excellent little cafe and the lighthouse so do not be put off.  
Site Name Portland Bill
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Diversity Average (100-150 species)
Map Reference SY667685
Site Habitats
Habitat Relationship
C1: Hard Coastal Cliffs


G1: Calcareous Grassland