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Bockerley (Bockling) Dyke

Used by H2G2, to illustrate a Used by H2G2, to illustrate an Article Bokerley Dyke, Dorset and Hampshire. Also a Post Article, A Visit to Compton Abbas Airfield and Tidpit and Martin Down.
In southern England there is a large expanse of gently rising chalk grassland on the Hampshire/Dorset border, near the village of Woodyates, where you can find an abundance of prehistory. Two ancient earthworks dominate this landscape - Bokerley Dyke and Grim's Ditch. The area surrounding the dyke is rich in ancient monuments including Penbury Knoll and Mistlebury hill forts, ten round barrows, three long barrows and a ring-shaped earthwork called Soldiers Ring.

The photograph shows this section of Bockerley Dyke, If you are a serious walker you can see part of the Dorset Cursus and Ackling Dyke Roman Road, even a settlement site at Gussage Hill. The wildlife is abundant with a variety of birds including yellowhammers and the rarely seen Nightingales, there are many butterflies including White Admiral, Purple Hair Streak, Silver Washed Fritillary the and many varieties of moths. The downs also support such botanical gems as the Milkwort this is at its best in May, Butterfly Orchids and Remember that the downs form parts of the RSPB and National Nature Reserves so remember to take care as you pass through.

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  • Uploaded on March 10, 2013
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    by Bob Hampshire
    • Camera: FUJIFILM FinePix S5800 S800
    • Taken on 2012/08/28 18:08:32
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 42.80mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO64
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash