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Roundton Hill

Wildlife-rich hillfort

From the top of Roundton Hill it's easy to see why an Iron Age hillfort was once sited here - the vantage point offers great viewing across the surrounding countryside. In later years miners worked the hill for lead and barites. Today, the geological and industrial landscapes of Roundton Hill have created a variety of habitats where specialist plants have taken hold. Perhaps the most significant of these are the 'spring ephemerals' - tiny ground-hugging plants that thrive on areas of thin, dry soil. At one time bats may have played a part in ancient rituals but today they are protected in roosts within the old mine adits.

Best time to visit
Views from the top of Roundton can be spectacular at any time of year, but to catch the ‘spring ephemerals’ you need to get there early – March/April. Throughout the Spring and Summer, bird song fills the air; also keep your eyes peeled for butterflies, making use of the varied habitats.

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Reserve information

Old Churchstoke
SY15 6EL
Map reference
SO 293 946
Great for...
historical interest
spring flowers
spring migrant birds
stunning views
Best time to visit
Mar - Aug
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Opening Times
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43.78 hectares
National Nature Reserve (NNR)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
The terrain is steep and uneven. Contact the Trust for disabled access information
Walking information
The terrain is steep and uneven.
Reserve car park is approximately 80m beyond the ford.
Dogs must be on lead
Grazing animals
Highland Cattle & sheep
Reserve manager
Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust
Tel: 01938 555654