One of the hills surrounding the Goring Gap, and with spectacular views, Fiddle Hill has been designated by Oxfordshire as a county SSSI for the large variety of butterflies it attracts. This is one of the northernmost points for the Adonis Blue, a butterfly which requires horseshoe vetch and certain ants on a south-facing slope for its fascinating life-cycle.
Because Fiddle Hill is no longer grazed, SCGG was asked to clear swathes of scrub which was choking out the chalk grassland plants, including horseshoe vetch, which abound on the slope. With the major clearance done, we visit once or twice a year to cut back regrowth.
This site is on private land, open to botanists and students of butterflies by prior arrangement.
Park in the driveway of the property marked Fiddle Hill on Icknield Way, Cleeve.
OS ref: SU609818 click here for a map.