Proposed as a special site for scarce insects, there has been little development in the area over the years. Today, the site falls within the Isle of Portland to Studland Cliffs Special Area of Conservation (SAC) – a European designation recognising its special wildlife. Along the cliffs and downs, chalk grassland is studded with wildflowers including the rare early spider-orchid. The area is home to a number of nationally rare insects including the Lulworth skipper and Adonis blue butterflies, and the grey bush-cricket. Now managed by Dorset County Council.
(Above) the original SPNR survey documents for Swanage Undercliff