The scene of a crushing Royalist victory in the English Civil War in 1643, Roundway Hill near Devizes is now a 68-acre nature reserve.

The reserve features broadleaf woodland with sunny grassy areas where chalk-loving plants thrive. The plants in turn attract a wide range of insects including butterflies, grasshoppers and bees. A nature trail offers panoramic views in all directions.  An iron age hill fort sits on top of the down.

The North Wessex Downs AONB is working closely with National Grid UK as they prepare to improve the landscape in this area by removing pylons and putting high voltage cables underground.  For updates on this in the future (and other projects) you can sign up to our newsletter below.

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    Feature Image: Combe at Roundway Hill Credit: Andrew Perrott; Newsletter Image: Pylons at Roundway Credit National Grid Benjamen Graham