This site forms part of the Barnsley Warren SSSI, designated because of its outstanding grassland flora and fauna.
The main attraction is the spectacular, albeit short-lived, show of Pasque flowers in late April or early May. The population of the whole SSSI has been estimated at over twenty thousand plants, of which a varying proporation flowers each year. Cowslip, Early-Purple Orchid and Hairy Violet can also be seen in spring. The diverse range of flowers and grasses is ideal for many downland insects; as a result the reserve has particularly good butterfly and true bug populations. Rabbits and Brown Hares help maintain the short grassland and Common Lizards can often be seen on bare scree areas.
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