Chalk grassland has an incredibly rich and diverse range of plant and insect life with many nectar-rich flowers and herbs, and native grasses. The meadows at Magog Down are home to many insects including solitary and social bees, moths, butterflies and beetles. Wildflowers provide nectar and many of the grasses are food plants for grassland moth and butterfly caterpillars.
The Magog Down is an ever-improving wildlife haven for native species of flowers, grasses, invertebrates, birds and mammals.
The Magog Trust continues to improve and enhance the habitats for wildlife, while at the same time keeping undisturbed areas for wildlife shelter, nesting and feeding. A ‘mosaic’ of differing vegetation heights and density around the Magog Down site as a whole supports a greater variety of plants and wild flowers, and insects and wildlife which flourish with them.
Along the margin of the arable field at the bottom of the South Down, an annual seed mix is sown every year which provides a nectar-rich habitat for insects and seeds for birds to feed on in the winter.
All photographs by Claire Beale.